On March 31, 1952, Alan Turing, computer technology pioneer and breaker of the Nazi Enigma code, was put on trial for homosexual acts. Found guilty and ordered to undergo humiliating hormone therapy, Turing committed suicide two years later.
Tragic but true - Alan Turing is widely considered to be the father of computer science. In WW II he decrypted German encoded messages. Winston Churchill said that Turing made the single biggest contribution to Allied victory in the war against Nazi Germany. After the war he was tried in court for being gay, found guilty, forced to take castration pills, and then driven to suicide. Britain has apologized. ~Via Pat Whitten