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Alan Turing centenary year 2012


Alan Turing broke the enigma code in World War Two, and devised machines that became programmable computers.

Turing's homosexuality resulted in a criminal prosecution in 1952, when homosexual acts were still illegal in the United Kingdom.

He lost his security clearance, and accepted treatment with female hormones (chemical castration) as an alternative to prison. He commited suicide in 1954, just over two weeks before his 42nd birthday, from cyanide poisoning.


Alan Turing plaque

Alan Turing
Centenary Year

Visit Manchester University's official Alan Turing page, and sign up for their newsletter.

June 23, 2012, is the Centenary of Alan Turing's birth in London. During his relatively brief life, Turing made a unique impact on the history of computing, computer science, artificial intelligence, developmental biology, and the mathematical theory of computability.

2012 will be a celebration of Turing's life and scientific impact, with a number of major events taking place throughout the year. Most of these will be linked to places with special significance in Turing's life, such as Cambridge, Manchester and Bletchley Park.


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Benedict Cumberbatch calls for overturn 'intolerable' gay convictions

Benedict Cumberbatch calls for overturn 'intolerable' gay convictions

Benedict Cumberbatch, the actor, is leading a campaign to convince the government to overturn historic 'indecency' convictions handed to 49,000 gay men. The star of The Imitation Game, will ask for ordinary men to be offered the same official pardon as Alan Turing, who was prosecuted for gross indecency in 1952 31 Jan 15

Benedict Cumberbatch and Stephen Fry are among signatories of an open letter asking the government to pardon 49,000 men who were prosecuted for being gay 31 Jan 15

Oscars: 'The Imitation Game' finally plays the Gay Card

Oscars: The Imitation Game finally plays the Gay Card

Harvey Weinstein argues that though Turing received a royal pardon in 2013 for his 1952 conviction for gross indecency because of his homosexuality, he deserves to be honored by the British government 30 Jan 15

Scicilian street named after gay codebreaker Alan Turing

Sicilian street named after gay codebreaker Alan Turing

Catania's place names committee has decided to name seven streets after two police commissioners killed by the Mafia, a theatre founder, a writer, and Alan Turing 'the discoverer of the codes of the Enigma machine' 28 Jan 15

Alan Turing private notebook to be sold at auction

Alan Turing private notebook to be sold at auction

A notebook belonging to the gay man who helped break the Nazi code, Alan Turing, is to be sold at auction. The book from 1942 showcases his mathematical genius, and gives an insight into his private thoughts 26 Jan 15

Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game gets EIGHT nominations

Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game gets EIGHT Oscar nominations

The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, has been nominated for eight Oscars including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress. The film has also received nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Film Editing and Production Design
manchestereveningnews 15 Jan 15


Alan Turing Centeneary Year supporters in Hong Kong,
Loke Lay and Winnie Fu, have created a beautiful
Alan Turing Year 2015
2 Jan 15

Alan Turing's name restored with film about his work, life and identity

Alan Turing's name restored with film about his work, life and identity

The Imitation Game explores mathematical genius's codebreaking work and run-in with the law over his sexual activities - review 15 Nov 14


A Man From The Future

Pet Shop Boys perform the World Premiere of their Alan Turing inspired piece, at the BBC Proms 28 Jul 14

Pet Shop Boys tribute to Alan Turing

Pet Shop Boys discuss Alan Turing Proms premier
Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe discuss their BBC late-night Prom which includes the world premiere of A Man From the Future, about Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing
1 Jul 14

Alan Turing Mosaic Pink Punters unveils Alan Turing Mosaic
A piece of public art celebrating codebreaker Alan Turing as a gay man has been unveiled outside the Buckinghamshire nightclub. Yorkshire artists Al Budd and Rita Gav created the "colourful relief work" which features both Turing's face and the gay pride rainbow 24 Jun 14
Alan Turing

What was Alan Turing really like?

It's 60 years since Alan Turing killed himself. Sisters Barbara Maher and Maria Summerscale can recall him as a family friend 8 Jun 14

The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch gets a UK release date

The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch gets a UK release date
The biopic of gay computer scientist and Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing will begin showing in UK cinemas on 14 November 2014 7 Jun 14

Pet Shop Boys play the BBC Proms

Pet Shop Boys premiere Alan Turing work at BBC Proms

An orchestral work by the Pet Shop Boys about the life of wartime codebreaker Alan Turing is to have its world premiere at this year's BBC Proms 25 Apr 14

Alan Turing memorial

Alan Turing Institute to be set up

to research big data, the chancellor has announced in his Budget speech. The government will provide £45m over five years for the project to focus on new ways of collecting, organising and analysing large sets of data 20 Mar 14

Alan Turing memorial Alan Turing Institute recognises gay code breaker as 'true British hero'
Turing's posthumous honour of a £42million institute in his name is being hailed by William Jones, who started the original petition to see Turing royally pardoned 27 Mar 14
Alan Turing aged 5 Alan Turing and the medical abuse of gay men
in LGBT History Month Peter Tatchell examines the hidden homophobic shame of the NHS 18 Feb 14
Alan Turing Day petition

Petition to change August Bank Holiday to Alan Turing Day

After the appalling injustice done to him due to his sexuality it is time to honour him and reward him for his contribution to the United Kingdom
Sign Petition 26 Jan 14

Alan Turing statue with enigma machine

Alan Turing's pardon is simply not enough

The Pardon should never be a 'tribute' to a wartime hero; it should be recognition of a wrong – a wrong perpetrated by the state 7 Jan 14

Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing

Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing

A still from The Imitation Game which is currently in post-production 28 Dec 13

Was Alan Turing murdered by the security services?

Was Alan Turing murdered by the security services?
Peter Tatchell has written to the Prime Minister urging a new inquiry into the death of the scientist Alan Turing, who has just been granted a royal pardon for his 1952 conviction for homosexual relations
26 Dec 13

Alan Turing

Royal pardon for codebreaker Alan Turing

It overturns his 1952 conviction for homosexuality for which he was punished by being chemically castrated 24 Dec 13

Codebreak The Alan Turing Story DVD

The Alan Turing Story

now available on DVD - "a powerful, moving and truthful account of Turing's life, his work and his achievements"
Buy DVD 13 Nov 13

Alan Turing

The Alan Turing (Statutory Pardon) Bill clears the Lords
and will now be considered by the Commons. "The view the Government took in the Lords is one I would expect us to reflect in this House too," said Commons Leader Andrew Lansley 1 Nov 13

I hope this Bill will not be used as a precedent
said Lord Tebbit 1 Nov 13

Alan Turing - the gay man who saved the world

Alan Turing: The gay man who saved the world
At the Attitude Awards a posthumous Icon Award for Outstanding Achievement was accepted by two of his nieces, and was presented by the Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow 15 Oct 13

Attitude Awards acceptance speech
by Alan's niece, Janet Ferrier Robinson 25 Oct 13

Alan Turing played by Benedict Cumberbatchh First look at Benedict Cumberbatch
on The Imitation Game set, a dramatic portrayal of the life and work of one of Britain's most extraordinary gay heroes, Alan Turing 19 Sep 13
Pet Shop Boys ask for Alan Turing pardon Pet Shop Boys' text to David Cameron:
"Sorry to bug you, but could you pardon Alan Turing?" 30 Sep 13
Codebreaker Alan Turing DVD


Momentum continues growing with worldwide cinema showings, and soon available to own on DVD
Buy DVD 22 Aug 13

Alan Turing graffiti

Alan Turing graffiti pops up on walls across the UK

The freehand work features faces such as the godfather of coding Alan Turing, and contains as yet un-deciphered binary decimals 18 Aug 13

Julia Turing

Julia Turing

writes of her anger at the decision of producers of the upcoming Alan Turing biopic to change aspects of the gay scientist's life and to reportedly include fictitious scenes in the movie script 14 Aug 13

Young Enigma Queer Machines at Manchester Pride 2013

Young Enigma:
Queer Machines

Manchester Pride Writers in Residence, present an afternoon of writing about LGBT science and technology, from Leonardo Da Vinci to Alan Turing, from the 'gay gene' to HIV therapy - Sat 3 Aug

Alan Turing biopic

Pardoning Turing is pointless

- His achievements and his treatment should be in every school curriculum 22 Jul 13

Government will not oppose a parliamentary bill that would quash Turing's 1952 'gross indecency' conviction 22 Jul 13

Alan Turing (Statutory Pardon)

Parliament should act

to right the "historical injustice" which saw World War II codebreaker Alan Turing convicted of gross indecency, peers have been told 19 Jul 13

Alan Turing

Alan Turing statue bedecked

for a festive 101st birthday with photo taken by Mark at Sackville Gardens, in Manchester's gay village 24 Jun 13

Joan Clarke

Joan Clarke

New film script builds up Turing's heterosexual relationship 'more than it actually was', says his biographer | 24 Jun 13

Alan Turing sculpture

Local hero

two-dimensional artwork of computer pioneer Alan Turing has appeared on new path between St Mary's Terrace and Paddington Station 16 May 13


Alan Turing (Statutory Pardon)

Alan Turing (Statutory Pardon)
private member's bill introduced by Lord Sharkey | 16 May 13

Join the annual Alan Turing Birthday Walk from Manchester Museum - 11am, Sun 23 Jun 16 May 13

The Universal Machine - BBC Radio 5 Live podcast visits a musical about the life of Alan Turing | podcast 16 May 13

Universal Machine

The Universal Machine

A new musical about the life and death of Alan Turing, at the New Diorama Theatre in London - 16 Apr-11 May 9 Apr 13

Alan Turing mural in Manchester

Alan Turing mural

has been inveiled in the Northern Quarter, Manchester 9 Apr 13

Allan Turing British Innovation

The Winner!

Alan Turing is voted the most popular innovator for his Universal Machine which became the theoretical basis for all computers 25 Mar 13


British band Fiction

release a slow, synth-heavy tribute to Alan Turing on iTunes - 4 Mar | iTunes 25 Feb 13

Jon “Maddog” Hall

Jon "Maddog" Hall

Executive director of Linux International was inspired to come out publicly in honor of the 100th anniversary of Alan Turing, someone he sees as a hero.
OUT 100 20 Feb 13


Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch

is in line to play Alan Turing in The Imitation Game - Sherlock star in talks to play tragic wartime codebreaker in Hollywood biopic 4 Feb 13

Farewell to Alan Turing Centenery Year

Alan Turing Legacy

The beginnings of a
webpage to list events related to the Turing legacy

Pet Shops Boys tribute to Alan Turing - memory of the Future

The Pet Shop Boys
Alan Turing project

"Memory Of The Future" was heard on 'Radio 2 In Concert', Wed 5 Dec 2012, BBC Philharmonic Studio, Salford, part of a piece Tennant and Lowe have been writing inspired by Alan Turing 18 Dec 12

The Universal Machine Alan Turing musical

The Universal Machine

A new musical about the life and death of Alan Turing. New Diorama Theatre, London - Tue 16 Apr - Sat 11 May 18 Dec 12

Letter to Daily Telegraph from Scientists for Alan Turing Pardon

Alan Turing pardon?

the British codebreaker, should be pardoned posthumously over his historic conviction for homosexuality, Prof Stephen Hawking and other leading scientists have said 14 Dec 12

Alan Turing (Statutory Pardon)

Written Answers in the House of Lords
- Asked by Lord Grade of Yarmouth, Tuesday 11 December 2012

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will reconsider their decision not to grant a posthumous pardon to Alan Turing. 11 Dec 12

The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord McNally): Dr Turing's conviction, essentially for homosexual activity, was the result of an offence which we would now consider discriminatory and which has now been repealed. This was a shocking and inappropriate fate for someone who had contributed so much to science and to the defence of his country. However, it is long-standing Government policy that pardons under the Royal Prerogative of Mercy should be reserved for cases where it can be established that the convicted person was innocent of the relevant offence, and not to undo the effects of legislation which we now recognise as wrong. Lord Sharkey introduced a Private Member's Bill in the House of Lords on 25 July which would grant a statutory pardon to Dr Turing, and the Government will consider their response to this Bill in due course.

Turing Monopoly board

The son of one of Alan Turing's closest friends has called for the codebreaking hero to be pardoned

Speaking at a signing of the new Alan Turing Monopoly game, William Newman, said: "I don't see why they can't pardon him, it's not a crime anymore. Who does it hurt? 6 Nov 12

Alan Turing Lego

Lego portraits of
Alan Turing

and other LGBTQ icons from the Little Artists - 10% from every print sold in November to the Terence Higgins Trust

Alan Turing pardon campaign

Sadiq Khan

Labour Shadow Justice Minister backs Campaign to pardon Alan Turing 2 Nov 12

Alan Turing bank of England

Bank of England

adds Alan Turing to a list of suggestions of people who could be featured on banknotes, after he received 21,996 e-votes 26 Oct 12

LGBT History Month launch at Bletchley Park

UK LGBT History Month

pre-launch at Bletchley Park, focusing on Maths, Science and Engineering, and Alan Turing covered all 3 disciplines - Thu 15 Nov
LGBT History Month 23 Oct 12

Codebreaker Alan Turing film

Patrick Sammon

director of Codebreaker says Alan Turing's story needs to be told. The movie being premiered in the USA Oct 12

Graham Moore

Imitation Game

Graham Moore's screenplay about Alan Turing's story has been bought by Black Bear Pictures, after Warner Bros passes 8 Oct 12

Enigma machine decoded by gay mathematician Alan Turing

GCHQ chief expresses regret

at treatment of Alan Turing - his death robbed the country of "one of our greatest minds" 5 Oct 12

GCHQ Chief, Iain Lobban, said the unique people the country needed were often mavericks, and it was his job to set them to work in the world of secret intelligence, "not to tell them how to live their lives"

The Pet Shop Boys and Alan Turing

Pet Shop Boys
are working on an Alan Turing Project with the BBC Philharmonic
24 Sep 12

'They won't pardon Alan Turing because they'd have to pardon all those homosexual men' - Neil Tennant 24 Sep 12


Alan Turing statue in slate at Bletchley Park

ICO Alan Turing Lecture 2012
By Professor Christopher Andrew, Information Commissioner

Fascinating podcast which casts Turings gay experience into historical perspective 24 Sep 12

Turing went to Kings College Cambridge which was probably the one place in the world gay intellectuals could feel at home, such as Maynard Keynes, Dilly Knox, and E M Forster

When arrested for being gay, Turing was naive and honest, and did not have the support and protection in Manchester that he would have had at Kings or Bletchley



Alan Turing Memorial Award

LGF's Homo Heroes in partnership with Manchester City Council, went to Julie Barnes-Frank who was one of the first openly-gay police officers in the country 24 Sep 12

Alan Turing Monopoly

Alan Turing Monopoly

New from the Bletchley Park gift shop, delivery in time for Christmas 9 Sep 12

Alan Turing hand-drawn Monopoly

Alan Turing's hand-drawn Monopoly Board 9 Sep 12


£1,000 Alan Turing
computer science bursary

launched by Manchester Pride supported by Manchester Airport and easyJet
26 Aug 12

Alan Turing gay hero LGF


Manchester hero

Alan Turing celebrated as a hero by Manchester University and LGF in floats at Manchester Pride
manchesterpride 26 Aug 12

Alan Turing biopic

Warner Bros.

passes on Alan Turing biopic, Leonardo DiCaprio could have starred 19 Aug 12

Alan Turing plaque St Leonards

Alan Turing pardon campaign

goes to House of Lords with bill introduced in the Lords by Liberal Democrat Peer Lord Sharkey 26 Jul 12

Plaque unveiled at Turing's home in St Leonards, Sussex 26 Jul 12

Turing Rainbow Festival india

Turing Rainbow Festival

and Asia's first Gender Queer Pride Parade was held in Madurai, India 8 Aug 12



Out to Innovate Turing

"Out to Innovate" summit

will include workshop named in honor of the Turing Year.

Alan Turing features in their brochure on Queer Scientists of Historical Note which is available for schools and organizations. 14 Jul 12

Alan Turing Olympics 1948

Olympic Torch Relay

honours Turing at Bletchley Park - Mon 9 Jul 2 Jul 12



Olympic Torch relay in ront of Alan Turing Manchester

Olympic Torch Relay

War veteran Martin Hewitt and 14-year-old Jonathan Whitehead exchanged the Olympic flame in front of the Alan Turing statue in Manchester 25 Jun 12



Alan Turing slate statue Bletchley Park

Turing for a Tenner

- 10 things you didn't know about Alan Turing 2 Jul 12

Alan Turing suicide

Alan Turing's suicide 'in doubt'

He may not have committed suicide, as is widely believed, claims Prof Jack Copeland - inquest did not do its job properly 23 Jun 12

Alan Turing gay geek bullying

Alan Turing and the bullying of Britain's geeks

Insights on the torment which the bright but unusual can still suffer at school 22 Jun 12

Aln Turing statue in Bletchley Park gay mathematician

Alan Turing's work

described by BBC documentaries, marking 100th anniversary of his birth on 23 June 20 Jun 12

Alan Turing science museum

New Science Museum exhibition

about gay pioneer of modern computing and Enigma codebreaker - opens 21 Jun 31 May 12

Polari Magazine preview

Alan Turing mug nationalportrait gallery

Alan Turing souvenir mug

Alan Turing Mugs

National Portrait Gallery Photo mug of Alan Mathison Turing
- £10.21 22 Jun 1


Bletchley Park Shop
"The first computer started here. Alan Turing Bletchley Park 1943"
- £7.99 22 Jun 12

Alan Turing film codebreaker


New drama documentary about the heroic life, tragic death, and lasting legacy of Alan Turing. A shorter version of this film broadcast on Channel 4 in 2011, attracted 1.5 million viewers 22 Jun 12

Art Hertz

Art Hertz

seeks art works for the Alan Turing Centenary at Bletchley Park, launching mid September 28 May 12

Alan Turing poster

Manchester Pride

honours 100th anniversary of codebreaker and computer pioneer Alan Turing with this year's theme: 'Queer'd Science'.
17-27 Aug
Gay Pride Calendar 6 Apr 12


Alan Turing Art

Alan Turing 10 pound note petition

Put Alan Turing on the next £10 note

New petition asks Treasury and Bank of England to feature gay hero
Sign Petition 21 Mar 12



Alan Turing exhibition at Bletchley Park

Alan Turing exhibition

shows another side of the Enigma codebreaker. Personal possessions of the mathematician and computer science pioneer go on display at Bletchley Park museum 6 Mar 12
Bletchley Park

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Alan Turing's teddy bear

Alan Turing's Teddy Bear

Top Gear's James May, has unveiled 'The Life and Works of Alan Turing' exhibition at Bletchley Park. New artefacts have been revealed for the very first time 6 Mar 12

Alan Turing pardon petition

Turing's Inspiration

and why the campaign for justice and a pardon should continue - writes John Leech MP
johnleechmp 29 May 12

New pardon bid
Petition to allow relatives to apply for convictions to be overturned after the person has died 9 Apr 12

Pardon to be re-examined for gay codebreaker Alan Turing, by Commons leader Sir George Young 9 Mar 12

Government rejects pardon request for Alan Turing - despite 23,000 signatures 7 Feb 12

Alan Turing LGBT History Month hero

Gay Hero

Polari Magazine's excellent series on LGBT Heros culminates with this profile of Alan Turing for LGBT History Month 29 Feb 12

A single Bletchley Park tweet saves Alan Turing computing papers 10 Mar 12



Alan Turing Nature special

Nature special

International science
journal Nature in devoting a whole Special to the scientific legacy of
Turing 23 Feb 12




The story of one of the most important scientists who ever lived, broadcast in the UK in late 2011. Now seeking a worldwide audience. | 28 Feb 12 



Alan Turing centenary stamp Alan Turing centenary stamps can now be ordered from Bletchley Park shop 23 Jan 12
Alan Turing stamps royal mail

Codebreaker Alan Turing gets stamp of approval

Gay mathematician convicted of gross indecency in 1952 among those to be celebrated in Royal Mail stamps in 2012 2 Jan 12

Alan Turing poster

Alan Turing Art have released limited edition beautifully framed prints, donating 10% of each sale to HIV Charities

£99 unframed 60 x 42 cm
£179 framed 71.5 x 54 cm

Order here


A Song for
Alan Turing
1 Jan 12

Alan Turing:. Lover. Legend. Victim. 30 Dec 11

Donna Fountain    killed in Christmas hit and run died with pocketful of dreams: find a great job, buy a house, start a sanctuary for gay and lesbian teens, marry the woman of her dreams and watch her son graduate 1 Jan 12

Alan Turing and
His Contemporaries

By 1955 the Information Age was dawning and Alan Turing and his contemporaries held centre stage
Buy Book 1 Jan 12

Books on Alan Turing

Alan Turing life in posters

Alan Turing's life
in posters

The papers of Alan Turing have been assembled in the Archive Centre at King's College, Cambridge


Dear Alan
- A Tribute to Alan Turing

The first short film made by Pink Triangle Theatre

Alan Turing. Lover. Legend. Victim.
By Paul J. Burgess of The Pink Triangle Theatre Company




Royal pardon for codebreaker Alan Turing
It overturns his 1952 conviction for homosexuality for which he was punished by being chemically castrated 24 Dec 13

Baroness Trumpington praises Lord Sharkey
whose private members bill introduced in the House of Lords played such a large part in the eventual outcome
24 Dec 13

Manchester celebrates pardoned genius
where the campaign began to clear his name 24 Dec 13


Bletchley Park codebreaker appointed MBE in the New Year Honours feels it was on behalf of the whole team, including Alan Turing

Bletchley Park, home of Alan Turing's code breakers, gets £480,000 donation as Hague launches 'spy drive' 18 Oct 12

Alan Turing google doodle

Google's impossibly clever Alan Turing doodle - Google creates a conundrum that the majority of humanity simply won't understand. This is a good thing. 23 Jun 12

Alan Turing anti-homophobia award launched in Manchester by LGF Homo Heros 22 Jun 12

Fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square: Petition the government for a statue to commemorate Alan Turing
epetitions 22 Jun 12

Death came more than two years after his arrest. And he had shown defiance rather than shame 22 Jun 12

The Rich Legacy of Alan Turing - breaks down some of the most significant contributions Turing made to modern science 20 Jun 12

'The day he died felt like driving through a tunnel and the lights being switched off'' - says Alan Turing's student
manchestereveningnews 20 Jun 12


Thu 15 Nov 2012
LGBT History Month 2013 Pre-Launch Meeting, to be held at Bletchley Park as a tribute to Alan Turing
Contact: Tony Fenwick
LGBT History Month



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