Anyone who has either an understanding of the role that the computers played in World War II, or has a formal training in computer science will instantly recognise the name Alan Turing. An incredibly intelligent mathematician and one of the founding fathers (if you will) of computer science, Alan Turing was a giant of his time.
However, his profound contribution to the start of computer science and more importantly, the code breaking in World War II, was not enough to save him from an utterly draconian punishment for the crime of being who he was. This punishment, and the extreme psychological pressures that came with it, led to his suicide in 1954.
So while his punishment and his suicide should never have happened, it’s gratifying to at last see an official apology for his treatment come from the British government.