The world’s first work of public art recognising Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing as gay is to be unveiled next week.
The event will take place by the roadside outside the premises of Pink Punters in Fenny Stratford at 1pm on Monday – a short distance from where Turing performed his life-saving work as a decoder during the war.
Observers have commented Britain may have lost the war without Turing’s vital ‘Enigma’ work, which earned him an OBE. In 1952 he was prosecuted for homosexuality and two years later poisoned himself with cyanide. Last December the Queen granted Turing, posthumously, a Royal Pardon.
“The crucial work of Alan Turing is well documented, but little is said publicly about him being a gay man,” said Pink Punters project co-ordinator Gayle Dallas.
“He made no secret of the fact and it was to cost him his life and rob this country of one of the most intelligent scientists of the 20th century.
“The commissioned work of art will be a reminder to LGBT people of all ages of this wonderful man whose only crime was to be born 50 years too soon.”