First look at Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in ‘The Imitation Game’

The first official movie still of Benedict Cumberbatch as British computer pioneer and cryptographer Alan Turing in "The Imitation Game."

(Credit: Black Bear Pictures)

The very computer you use to read this story may not have been possible without the extraordinary work by computer pioneer, mathematician, and Bletchley Park cryptographer Alan Turing.

This week Turing received a posthumous royal pardon for being convicted in 1952 of homosexuality, which was then considered a crime. Turing had been given the choice of imprisonment or chemical castration. Shortly after choosing the chemical treatment, Turing committed suicide at the age of 41.

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