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Alan Turing: born 1912, died 1954, resurrected 2013
Alan Turing: born 1912, died 1954, resurrected 2013

It's tempting to view Alan Turing as Britain's analogue to America's J. Robert Oppenheimer. Two certified scientific war heroes of the '40s, pilloried by their governments in the '50s for supposed offenses totally unrelated to their wartime service, in spectacular outbursts of ingratitude.  The differences outweigh the similarities, however. Oppenheimer's purported offense was strictly political: his refusal to support development of the H-bomb won him the enmity of Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Lewis L. Strauss, who humiliated him with ginned-up accusations of disloyalty, knowing how explosive the charges would be in the Red Scare atmosphere of the time. But Oppenheimer kept the...

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