To Kill a mockingbird

“No one normal could have done that. Do you know, this morning... I was on a train that went through a city that wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for you. I bought a ticket from a man who would likely be dead if it wasn’t for you. I read up on my work... a whole field of scientific inquiry that only exists because of you. And while you wish you could have been normal... I can promise you I do not. The world is an infinitely better place precisely because you weren’t.”
— Joan Clarke

Alan Turing was a mathematician who is considered the father of modern computing. The Imitation Game is a film centered around his life which covers his contribution in breaking the Enigma Code during WWII and the brutal persecution he faced afterwards for his alleged homosexuality.

Alan Turing left us too soon. The world was not kind to him. How much have we lost is hard to judge. How much we learnt from it is slightly less ambiguous. Thankfully, we have progressed since then towards a more libertarian and compassionate society with more civilized laws.

It is a joke to think that it is considered acceptable for a pompous monarch, with no achievements to list, to be considered worthy to grant a so-called royal pardon for a non-crime by one of the legends of the field. Perhaps the irony might have been lessened had it not taken nearly 60 years for it to be issued.