Based on the book The Enigma by Andrew Hodges and the PBS play Breaking the Code By Hugh Whitmore.
Autism from its undiagnosed past is just that, undiagnosed. I feel Dr Alan Turing would be diagnosed Aspie if he were alive today. Reading about Alan and viewing the play Breaking the Code (PBS), Alan's life has AUTISM written all over it. I bet there are even some pain tolerance issues in his life as he was outstanding distance runner as well, and seemingly he never hurt or had sore muscles. His work developing the computer is pure aspie coupled with his splinter skill of math :a computer was indeed possible. Only an Aspie would follow such a 'stupid' idea all the way through to the end like he did. Being a Gay Man before his time I'm sure he took much delight in breaking Hitler's war codes. Indeed that was the job of his first computer, to break the codes (enigmas). This won him Briton's Highest honor the Officer of the British Empire award (OBE). Only today is he getting the hero status he deserved.
Like many in our original anthropology he was Gay, and in the homophobic 1950s and before Gay was so misunderstood that Alan was even forced to undergo hormone treatments to 'make him straight.' Psychology then as now is grossly out of touch and not based on science and fact but, rather emotion. If the entire world hated gay folks Psychology to hated gay folks. Thankfully there are a few people of science in psychology that did mange to get Gay taken off the psychology 'Hit list' in 1973. Psychology desperately needs the same thing to happen in Autism today.
Gay, Lesbian, Transgendered and BI sexual history spans from BCE to the present time and of course is not identified in traditional history books. Alan's work is hidden under the cover of British Secret Service work. 1st lady Eleanor Roosevelt Woman of the Year for 10 years in a row and her lover (secretary) were instrumental in the civil rights fights of her era. They were even told by the FBI they could not protect them as drove through the KKK infested south with only a six shooter for protection. Look up Gay history on the web and see for your self most of the social reforms the world has made have a gay connection to them. Even in the past few months it is reported American President Abe Lincoln had a boyfriend.
All of this aside I bet many folks reading The Enigma will be stunned to see the obvious Autism in Alan's life and might even see some of their loved ones in the book. I would call this reading the precursor to Temple Grandin's Thinking in Pictures. If nothing else it is an accurate view of Aspie life before it was 'helped' so much. Many both straight and gay in our living anthropology are doing much the same thing as Alan has done. Sadly, I must remind my readers it is our anthropology of Autism that has never been admitted to. Obviously it is too late now as Autism is established and there is no room for a dietless, pill-free- non group home-drivers, in modern autism.
Please look over the web site Queers in History to read the stuff you never learned in a traditional history book, the web address is http://users.cybercity.dk/~dko12530/queerhis.htm