Breaking the code about the Second World War | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Breaking the code about the Second World War

Turing was a British mathematician who worked at Bletchley Park, a secret centre for cryptographers who were trying to break the German Enigma code -- allowing the Allies to read Nazi military communications. By designing a machine that could rapidly process information, Turing broke the code -- which ended the war an estimated two years sooner, saving millions of lives -- and through the process laid the foundation for modern computers.

How was Turing rewarded? The British state drove him to suicide, and wrote him out of history, for being gay. He was persecuted in 1952 with the same law that destroyed Oscar Wilde, avoided prison only by agreeing to be chemically castrated, and ate a cyanide-laced apple in 1954.

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