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Posted on Tuesday 24th December

In 1952 Alan Turing was convicted of gross indecency after admitting having a sexual relationship with a man. Sixty-one years on, he has been granted a posthumous royal pardon.

The mathematician played a major role in breaking the Enigma code, which arguably shortened the war by at least two years. He has been granted a pardon under the Royal Prerogative of Mercy by the Queen, following a request from Chris Grayling, the justice secretary.

As a form of 'treatment', Turing was given experimental chemical castration. He was no longer able to work for Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) - where he had been employed following service at Bletchley Park during the war - after his criminal record resulted in the loss of his security clearance. He took his own life in 1954, and died of cyanide poisoning at the age of 41.

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