The Alan Turing Memorial Award

Publish Date: 18/06/2012

Today, 23 June, marks the 100th birthday of the founder of computer science, mathematician, philosopher, code breaker, and gay man before his time Alan Turing.

In honour of his life and a celebration of his centenary birthday The Lesbian & Gay Foundation in partnership with Manchester City Council are launching a new award in his memory: The Alan Turing Memorial Award. The award will be a new special category in our Homo Heroes Awards.  

Earlier this month we launched our Homo Heroes Awards which showcase the contributions made by individuals, groups and organisations for, and on behalf of the lesbian, gay and bisexual community.

Turing helped to decode the German’s plans by cracking the Enigma code, playing a part in turning the war in the Allies favour. As a mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and computer scientist, his work was fundamental to the development of modern technology.

In 1952, Turing was arrested and tried for homosexuality, then a criminal offence. To avoid prison, he accepted female hormone injections, his passport was taken away from him and his security clearance was withdrawn, which meant he could no longer work for GCHQ, the post-war successor to Bletchley Park.

At the age of just 42 Alan ended his own life. Those who knew him believe it to be the result of the endless homophobia put upon him over the years. It all became too much, and the world lost one of it‘s greatest minds.

Manchester City Council

The Homo Heroes Awards recognise those who make a positive difference to the LGBT community, celebrate diversity and profile the work of LGB&T people and organisations.

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