This Month in Celebrations

International LGBTQIA+ People in STEM
This Month in Celebrations

International Day of LGBTQIA+ People in STEM

Thursday, November 18, 2021, marks the International Day of LGBTQIA+ People in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Turing applauds and celebrates LGBTQIA+ scientists across the globe on this occasion.   November 18 symbolizes the 60th anniversary of American astronomer and gay activist, Frank Kameny’s fight against workplace discrimination. Kameny petitioned the US Supreme Court in… View Article

Thursday, November 18, 2021, marks the International Day of LGBTQIA+ People in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Turing applauds and celebrates LGBTQIA+ scientists across the globe on this occasion.  

November 18 symbolizes the 60th anniversary of American astronomer and gay activist, Frank Kameny’s fight against workplace discrimination. Kameny petitioned the US Supreme Court in a case prompted by his dismissal from the US Army due to his sexual orientation. The day also recognizes the contributions and barriers faced by LGBTQIA+ people in STEM. 

International LGBTQIA+ People in STEM

International LGBTQIA+ People in STEM

Kameny’s fight continues today, as statistics reflect:

  • Twenty percent of trans people and twenty-eight percent of LGBTQIA+ people have considered quitting their jobs at some point because of a hostile work environment or discrimination against them.
  • One in three physicists in America was urged to stay in the closet to progress in their careers.
  • Half of the transgender or gender non-conforming physicists were harassed in their own departments.

Turing envisages building an inclusive environment for all developers on their journeys. The company strongly believes that embracing diversity can take humanity to great heights in every field.

And thus, the Palo Alto-based organization is increasingly moving towards building a safe space in the form of a community for each and every developer around the world to express themselves and grow in the process.

This November 18th, Turing invites you to celebrate the phenomenal work of its LGBTQIA+ employees and developers who have been a part of its journey and work together towards making STEM a more inclusive place for everyone.

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By Nov 18, 2021
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LGBTQ+ Role Models in the Tech Space | Pride Month Series

In honor of Pride Month 2021, Turing spotlights LGBTQ+ tech pioneers: Alan Turing, Tim Cook, Edith Windsor, Christopher Strachey, Angelica Ross, Lynn Conway, etc.

Alan Turing, Tim Cook, Edith Windsor, Christopher Strachey, Angelica Ross, Lynn Conway, and Jon “Maddog” Hall all have two things in common. First, they’re engineering leaders who’ve been a monumental part of the LGBTQ+ community. Secondly, they’ve inspired multitudes with their technological innovation and invention.

Here’s a breakdown of their many achievements: 

Alan Turing (1912-1954)

Alan Turing

We named Turing.com after Alan Turing in honor of his vast scientific legacy. Alan Turing helped design that machine that decoded secret German correspondence during World War II. He also developed one of the world’s first computers, the Pilot ACE (Automatic Computing Engine.) However, Turing’s work was soon cut short. When the British government learned of his sexual orientation, they arrested and prosecuted him for “gross indecency.” Turing died by suicide in 1954, aged 41. Today, he is considered one of the world’s most influential scientistsa 2019 BBC series voted him the most remarkable person of the 21st century. He was issued a posthumous Royal Pardon for his conviction in 2013. On June 23rd, Turing’s birthday, the new £50 banknote will feature Alan.

Tim Cook (1960-)

Tim Cook is arguably one of the most prominent members of the LGBTQ+ tech community. In 2014, Cook became the first CEO of a Fortune 500 organization to come out as gay. The famously private Cook decided to do so after receiving letters from children struggling with their sexual orientation. He came out in a Bloomberg essay, saying, “If hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is…then it’s worth the trade-off with my privacy.”

Edith Windsor (1929-2017)

Edith Windsor is well-known as the lead plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court judgment that helped overturn DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) and gave federal recognition to same-sex couples for the first time. Windsor filed the lawsuit after she was unable to claim a tax exemption on the estate her late spouse left her, as the term “spouse” referred only to heterosexual couples at the time. 

Lesser known are Windsor’s contributions as a computer scientist. Windsor worked at IBM for 16 years and achieved the highest technical position at the time, Senior Systems Programmer. Praised especially for her “top-notch debugging skills,” Windsor founded the consulting firm PC Classics after leaving IBM and helped several LGBTQ+ groups become tech-savvy.

Christopher Strachey (1916-1975)

Christopher Strachey’s path crossed Alan Turing’s several times. Strachey’s father worked as a cryptographer at Bletchley Park alongside Turing during World War II. Strachey learned mathematics and physics at King’s College, Turing’s alma mater. In his third year, Strachey suffered a nervous breakdown, allegedly caused by a struggle with accepting his sexuality. Strachey would program a draughts game on a reduced version of Turing’s Pilot ACE  built by the National Physical Laboratory. He later developed the first computer music program: a rendition of God Save the Queen.

Angelica Ross (1980-)

Angelica Ross is a transgender businesswoman, activist, and self-taught programmer. In 2014, Ross founded TransTech Social Enterprises, an incubator to help transgender and non-conforming people find employment in the tech industry. Ross simultaneously balances an acting career, having starred in Pose, American Horror Story, and Her Story. In 2015, Ross was a featured speaker at the White House Tech and Innovation Summit. In 2019, she became the first transgender person to host a presidential forum.

Lynn Conway (1938-)

Lynn Conway is one of the pioneering developers of computer chip design and supercomputer technologies. In 1964, IBM recruited Conway to their research team, where she made significant innovations in chip design and had a promising career. However, when Conway declared herself a transgender woman and began transitioning, IBM fired her. Post-transition, Conway assumed a new identity and restarted her career in “stealth mode.” She achieved success with her work for Memorex, Xerox PARC, and DARPA. In 2020, IBM apologized for firing her.

Jon “maddog” Hall (1950-)

Jon “Maddog” Hall has been a prominent supporter of the Unix/Linux systems and a leading proponent of open-source software. Hall worked with Linus Torvalds, the principal developer of the Linux OS, to make the Linux kernel 64-bit and portable across hardware architectures. He has served on the boards of many organizations, including the Linux Professional Institute and USENIX Association. Hall was head of the computer science department at Hartford State Technical College, where his temper earned him the nickname “Maddog.” In an article for Linux Magazine, Hall came out as gay in honor of Alan Turing’s 100th birth anniversary. He called Turing his hero, saying, “[Turing] did so much for the industry with which I have spent the last 42 years of my life.” 

Turing.com celebrates these pioneers of the LGTBQ+ community who have overcome persecution and made invaluable contributions to science and technology.

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By Jun 23, 2021
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£50 Banknote Pays Tribute to Alan Turing’s Achievements | Pride Month Series

Alan Turing, computer scientist, mathematician, cryptanalyst, and theoretical biologist, has been chosen to feature on the new £50 banknote.

Alan Turing, computer scientist, mathematician, cryptanalyst, and theoretical biologist, is featured on the new £50 banknote to celebrate his contributions to the scientific and mathematical fraternities. The banknote’s design incorporates various elements from Turing’s life and legacy. The banknote will be issued starting today, June 23, Turing’s birthday. The British public chose Turing out of 989 eligible scientists nominated by 227,299 people. 

Banknote issued in tribute to Alan Turing’s many scientific achievements

Turing is known for designing the British Bombe, an electro-mechanical apparatus that helped crack German Enigma machine-encrypted code during World War II. Historians believe this effort altered the war’s course, shortening it by at least two years and saving millions of lives. 

Turing also laid the theoretical groundwork for the modern computer. He devised the Turing machine, i.e., a hypothetical machine intended to investigate the extent and limitations of computation. He worked on the early development of the world’s first computing devices with the National Physical Laboratory and later at the University of Manchester. Turing is also considered a founding father of artificial intelligence, known for designing the “Turing test” to help determine whether a computer can think like a human being. 

Turing’s selection to appear on the banknote celebrates his scientific legacy and recognizes the persecution he endured for his sexuality. In 1952, the British government arrested and charged Turing with “gross indecency” for homosexual acts, which remained illegal at the time. Two years later, he died tragically at the age of 41 by suicide. The Queen issued Turing a posthumous Royal Pardon in 2013. 

Banknote artwork honors Turing’s legacy

The reverse side of the note features clever visual references that celebrate Turing’s achievements.  

  • Turing’s birthday is in binary code on a ticker tape. 

          Alan Turing birthday written in binary on banknote released in June Pride Month 2021   

  • His signature appears on the note, copied from the visitor’s signature book from Bletchley Park, where he worked during WW2. 

          Alan Turing signature on banknote released in June Pride Month 2021

  • A quote Turing gave to the Times newspaper on innovation in computing devices: “This is only a foretaste of what is to come and only the shadow of what is going to be.” 

          Alan Turing quote on banknote released in June Pride Month 2021

  • The note’s conventional security foil has changed to resemble the design of a microchip.
  • Mathematical tables and formulae appear on the note. They appeared in Turing’s celebrated paper, “On Computable Numbers, with an application to the Entscheidungsproblem.” The article introduced the concept of the Turing Machine and is considered the basis of modern computer science.

             Alan Turing banknote released in June Pride Month 2021

  • The Pilot Automatic Computing Engine (ACE) Machine was developed at the NPL (National Physical Laboratory), as the first Turing’s ACE design model. This computer is considered the first complete specification of an electronic stored-program, all-purpose digital computer. 
  • Technical drawings for the British Bombe, the machine used to decipher German code messages. 

Computer science isn’t the only field Turing revolutionized. So the note also includes a sunflower-shaped foil patch, showing his initials, “A.T.” The patch symbolizes Turing’s pioneering work in morphogenetics, another branch of science that studies recurring patterns in nature.

Turing.com pays homage to Alan Turing’s legacy.

Turing.com was named after Alan Turing to honor his legacy of scientific innovation and invention. Alan Turing laid the groundwork for modern computer science and artificial intelligence. Today, Turing.com enables exceptionally talented software engineers to work with elite US companies and build cutting-edge software products. The company also uses AI/ML to help companies vet, hire, onboard, and manage developers. Alan Turing’s contributions made this possible.

Read more about the £50 note here. 

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By Jun 23, 2021