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Website maintained by biographer Andrew Hodges




This website is an electronic extension of the biography
and provides a Book Update section.

Who was Alan Turing?
Founder of computer science, mathematician, philosopher, codebreaker, strange visionary and a gay man before his time:

1912 (23 June): Birth, Paddington, London
192631: Sherborne School
1930: Death of friend Christopher Morcom
193134: Undergraduate at King's College, Cambridge University
193235: Quantum mechanics, probability, logic. Fellow of King's College, Cambridge
1936: The Turing machine, computability, universal machine
193638: Princeton University. Ph.D. Logic, algebra, number theory
193839: Return to Cambridge. Introduced to German Enigma cipher machine
193940: The Bombe, machine for Enigma decryption
193942: Breaking of Uboat Enigma, saving battle of the Atlantic
194345: Chief AngloAmerican crypto consultant. Electronic work.
1945: National Physical Laboratory, London
1946: Computer and software design leading the world.
194748: Programming, neural nets, and artificial intelligence
1948: Manchester University, first serious mathematical use of a computer
1950: The Turing Test for machine intelligence
1951: Elected FRS. Nonlinear theory of biological growth
1952: Arrested as a homosexual, loss of security clearance
195354: Unfinished work in biology and physics
1954 (7 June): Death (suicide) by cyanide poisoning, Wilmslow, Cheshire.

Alan Turing in 1946. Full picture 

