Alan Turing (1912-1954)
Known as the ‘Bletchley Park codebreaker’ (after the country house that was the HQ for British codebreakers), Turing was a key figure in cracking the Nazis Enigma machine, thus helping the Allies’ decipher secret German messages and perhaps shorten the war. Estimates vary, but it is believed that Turing may saved over 14 million lives through his discovery; not to mention millions of dollars.
How was he rewarded? The British government chemically castrated him for being gay,
leading him to take his own life just two years later.
Because saving servicemen’s lives doesn’t make up for being gay.