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This Saturday, June 23rd, would have marked the 100th birthday of Alan Turing. A visionary mathematician, logician and code breaker, Turing was a pioneer in the fields of computer science and artificial intelligence. A linchpin member of Ultra, Britain’s World War II counterintelligence team, Turing created the electro-mechanical, code-decrypting "bombe" that deciphered countless intercepted Nazi communications.

Turing’s involvement in the war effort saved thousands of lives — and his contributions to science, technology, philosophy and literature have touched billions. It’s time to celebrate his amazing legacy.

Despite his myriad contributions to society, in 1952, Turing was imprisoned for the same reason Oscar Wilde was once dragged into a court for. He was forced to choose between imprisonment and chemical castration, when investigations into his personal life brought his homosexuality to light. He opted for the latter. Two years later he committed suicide. "The debt of gratitude he is owed makes it all the more horrifying, therefore, that he was treated so inhumanely," said British Prime Minster Gordon Brown, in a posthumous apology delivered in 2009. "We’re sorry, you deserved so much better." Read on…