I missed this in the news last week: the British government has finally extended a posthumous apology to mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing for his persecution at the end of WWII. Despite playing a leading role in cracking the Enigma code (a crucial turn in the Allied victory) Turing was never given the hero treatment he deserved. Instead, he was persecuted for being gay and eventually took his own life. The apology is the apparent result of a petition organized by John Graham-Cumming, which delivered over 30,000 signatures in support of the official apology to 10 Downing Street. On a personal note, Alan Turing has always been one of my heroes, so it's gratifying to see this long-deserved apology and official recognition of his contributions to the war and the nascent field of computer science.
BBC World Service: Turing gets posthumous apology