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Paying our debt to Alan Turing
17/02/2011 21:25:00

The Science & Technology Select Committee, of which I am a member, has today published a report into the Government's proposals to establish an elite network of Technology Innovation Centres (a key part of its strategy to diversify the UK economy, reducing our dependence on financial services).

You can read the report here but I wanted to flag up one of the recommendations, namely that the centres be called Turing Centres after the mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing.

Alan Turing played a crucial role at Bletchley Park, Britain's code breaking centre during the Second World War. In 1952, he was convicted of gross indecency after admitting a sexual relationship with a man and accepted chemical castration to avoid going to prison. He died two years later. An inquest determined it was suicide but some believe it may have been accidental.

A couple of years ago, Gordon Brown rightly made an official apology for the way Alan Turing was treated by the British Government. Naming the Technology & Innovation Centres after him would be a further way of paying our debt to this war hero and brilliant scientist.

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