Alan Turing and Life’s Enigma.

9 Feb
The Alan Turning Memorial- Sackville Park, Manchester.

The Alan Turning Memorial- Sackville Park, Manchester.

Opening on 24th March 2012 and inspired by 1950s design, Manchester Museum’s Life’s Enigma exhibition documents Alan Turing’s investigation into one of the great mysteries of nature: how complex shapes and patterns arise from simple balls of cells.

Before the show opens we would like to direct your attention to two things; the first is  the BBC’s Alan Turing page which contains further links and information about his heroic work cracking the Enigma code during World War One.

The other link is to an e-petition asking the UK government to posthumously grant Turing a pardon for his conviction for ‘gross indecency’ with another man in 1952.  Turing’s conviction lead to a ‘chemical castration’ via organo-therapy and two years later he killed himself with cyanide, aged just 41. We’ve signed the petition and hope you will consider doing likewise;  find it here.

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