Saturday, 1 July 2017

A Rainbow Plaque for Alan Turing

Star London Walks guide & Daily Constitutional Associate Editor Richard III writes from The Little Venice Walk…

Last week this was a blue plaque…


This week Alan Turing has a rainbow plaque.

Turing has been in the News partly because Benedict Cumberbatch played him in The Imitation Game and because he has been offered a posthumous apology by the Government for the way he was treated. 

Turing's work during WWII at Bletchley Park saved millions of lives – it allowed the allies to crack the code the Nazis used to send messages.

Despite this, he was arrested. 

As a gay man he did not seek to hide his sexuality.

He was chemically castrated. 

So now, he has a rainbow plaque.

DC Editor Adam writes…

Thanks Richard! We'll be looking at the rainbow plaques again on Monday.

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