Alan Turing, Controversial World War II Codebreaker, Is Now the Face of the £50 Note
Alan Turing, World War II Codebreaker, Will Be the New Face of the £50 Note Turing is widely considered "the father of computer science and artificial intelligence." He is credited with cracking Nazi Germany's Enigma Code, saving thousands of lives during the war.
After the war, Turing was convicted of gross indecency, a Victorian-era homophobic law.
Turing was forced to choose between imprisonment or chemical castration.
He chose chemical castration.
Two years later, Turing died by suicide.
In 2009, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown offered a formal apology for the treatment Turing received.
In 2014, he was granted a royal pardon.
Turing will appear on the new £50 note by the end of 2021.