>From Wikipedia: > "Turing's homosexuality resulted in a criminal prosecution in 1952, when > homosexual acts were still illegal in the United Kingdom. He accepted > treatment with female hormones (chemical castration) as an alternative to > prison. He died in 1954, just over two weeks before his 42nd birthday, from > cyanide poisoning." >
Yes Turing was persecuted but his unjust treatment was caused by his privet life and had nothing to do with his scientific ideas. If Turing had been a famous athlete he would have been in just as much trouble, and if he'd been a well known literary figure and wit he would have been in even more trouble because they tend to make more powerful enemies than mathematicians; just ask Oscar Wilde. John K Clark -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. To unsubscribe from this group, send email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en.