HOMOSEXUAL maths genius Alan Turing would be persecuted for being intelligent if he were alive today, it has been claimed.
Turing was instrumental in cracking the Nazis’ enigma code, but was hounded over his sexuality and finally took his own life in 1954. As preparations begin to mark the centenary of his birth, it has been claimed that he would still be ostracised today, for preferring maths books to The Only Way Is Essex.
Professor Henry Brubaker of the Institute for Studies said: “Britain has become a much more tolerant place for homosexuals. Louis Spence could ride a pink pony around Bletchley Park wearing a suit made of plastic penises and no-one would bat an eyelid, in fact they would actively try to ignore him.
“So Turing would be mostly fine on the gay front. But we have to remember he was also a brainiac. That is today a much more serious crime.”
Professor Brubaker believes Turing’s intelligence would deeply affront a society that cherishes Kim Kardashian, jeeps made into limosines and adverts where sassy women bicker over low-calorie chocolate drinks.
He said: “Nowadays, Turing would have to keep his cleverness a secret. If he was seen doing maths in public he would face a severe kicking.
“Probably he would disguise his immense brain capacity by watching ITV2, dying his skin orange and describing things as having ‘the wow factor’.
“He would meet with other intelligent people in London’s underground ‘clever clubs’, where you are allowed access only after whispering an equation through the letterbox.”