Alan Turing, recognized as one of the key innovators of modern computing, died in 1954. His work had helped to crack Nazi communication codes during World War II, a great help to the Allies. But Turing is also remembered for the persecution he suffered as a gay man back in the dark days of the 1950s. Yet, The New York Times only got round to publishing an obituary for this hugely influential Englishman in June 2019.
Indeed, this lamentably late obituary is part of a series of eulogies that the Times has been publishing. Some of those tributes relate specifically to overlooked people from the LGBTQ communities. Now, Turing fits that bill as a man who was gay at a time when physical homosexual relationships were illegal in both the United Kingdom and the United States.