>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

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