Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII, was played by Benedict Cumberbatch in this 2014 suspenseful drama. Turing clearly had “little professor syndrome,” or Asperger’s — he was on the autism spectrum — and had few friends. Turing went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war, but was prosecuted by the UK government in 1952 for homosexual acts which the country deemed illegal.
He was a brilliant but tortured soul and committed suicide in 1954 at the age of 41.
Not until the stigma against homosexuality lifted in the West in the 21st century was Turing honored for his accomplishments, and posthumously finally received the recognition he long deserved.