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UK lawmakers call for Alan Turing banknote tribute

Wednesday - 6/27/2012, 3:40pm  ET

LONDON (AP) - A group of British lawmakers called Wednesday for World War II code-breaker and computing pioneer Alan Turing to be commemorated on a banknote.

This year marks the centenary of the birth of Turing, who helped crack Nazi Germany's secret codes by creating the "Turing bombe," a forerunner of modern computers.

He also developed the "Turing Test" to measure artificial intelligence.

Several legislators from the main parties proposed Wednesday that Turing appear on the next version of the 10 pound (about $15) note. The most recent version features Charles Darwin, but a redesign is due in the next few years.

Liberal Democrat lawmaker Julian Huppert said the banknote would celebrate a man who showed "the infinite potential of human ingenuity."

"He showed the world how machines could help humans and we treated him in the most inhuman way," Huppert said.

After the war, Turing was prosecuted for homosexuality, stripped of his security clearance and forcibly treated with female hormones. He killed himself in 1954 at age 41 by eating an apple laced with cyanide.

Turing received a posthumous government apology in 2009.

An online petition calling for Turing to be commemorated on a banknote has attracted 20,000 signatures.


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