Who is Alan Turing

Alan Turing Biography

Alan Turing was a British mathematician and computer scientist who is widely regarded as one of the fathers of modern computing. During World War II, Turing played a critical role in cracking the German Enigma code, a feat that is widely credited with shortening the war and saving countless lives. He also made important contributions to the development of early computer technology and artificial intelligence, laying the groundwork for the digital revolution that would transform the world in the decades to come. Despite his groundbreaking work, Turing was persecuted for his homosexuality and ultimately committed suicide in 1954. Today, he is widely celebrated as a hero and a trailblazer in the fields of computing and cryptography.

Alan Turing Facts

  • Alan Turing was born in London, England on June 23, 1912.
  • He studied mathematics and logic at King's College, University of Cambridge, where he earned a PhD in 1938.
  • During World War II, Turing worked for the British government as part of a team of codebreakers at Bletchley Park. He is credited with developing a machine that could crack the German Enigma code, which played a crucial role in the Allies' victory in the war.
  • After the war, Turing continued his work in computer science and artificial intelligence. He is often considered to be the father of computer science.
  • In 1952, Turing was convicted of homosexuality, which was then a crime in England. He was given the choice between imprisonment or chemical castration, and he chose the latter. He lost his security clearance and was barred from continuing his work for the government.
  • Turing tragically took his own life in 1954, at the age of 41. His death was ruled a suicide, although some believe that it may have been accidental.
  • Turing's contributions to computer science and cryptography were not fully appreciated until many years after his death. He was posthumously pardoned by Queen Elizabeth II in 2013, and in 2019, he was chosen to be the face of the new £50 note in England.
  • In addition to his work in mathematics and computer science, Turing was also an accomplished long-distance runner and a keen amateur gardener. He was known to be a highly private person and kept his personal life very much to himself.

Alan Turing Quotes

"We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done." (Meaning)

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"The brain has the consistency of cold porridge."

"The idea behind digital computers may be explained by saying that these machines are intended to carry out any operations which could be done by a human computer."

"Science is a differential equation. Religion is a boundary condition."

- Alan Turing Quotes


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