WWII Codebreaker Alan Turing Honored on UK’s New 50-Pound Note

Alan Turing was pivotal in breaking the Nazi's Enigma code during World War II — but faced discrimination as a gay man after the war ended.

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In this photo provided by the Bank of England on Thursday, March 25, 2021,S arah John, Chief Cashier at the Bank of England, holds the new 50-pound note featuring scientist Alan Turing. The rainbow flag is flying proudly above the Bank of England in the heart of London’s financial district to commemorate legendary World War II codebreaker Alan Turing, the new face of Britain’s 50-pound note. The design of the banknote, which is the most valuable in circulation, was unveiled Thursday before it is formally issued on June 23, Turing’s birthday. (Bank of England via AP)
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LONDON (AP) — The rainbow flag is flying proudly Thursday above the Bank of England in the heart of London’s financial district to commemorate World War II codebreaker Alan Turing, the new face of Britain’s 50-pound note. The design of the bank note was unveiled before it is set to be formally issued to the public on June 23, Turing’s birthday. The 50-pound note is the most valuable denomination in circulation but is little used…

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