Objections to Alan Turing statue being erected at Cambridge University

In favour of the statue, it was argued that there has been recent interest in Turing’s wartime code-breaking work and persecution for his homosexuality – which has led to a string of feature films such as the Imitation Games – and that he is a significant King’s alumnus.

King’s Provost, Michael Proctor, said: “It was in the college’s tolerant, open-minded and intellectual environment that Turing was able to live a fulfilled life both as a homosexual man and an abstract thinker, and we are enormously proud to acknowledge the significance of his unparalleled contribution to science and modern computing in this way.”

The sculpture will be erected out of the view of the public on King’s Parade, and visitors will have to pay to enter the college and see the artwork, which is described in council documents as an “abstract metal figure”.

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