Alan Turing

Who is he?

Alan Turing was born on 23 June in 1912, in London. He is often called the father of modern computing. During the Second World War he worked for the government breaking the enemies codes and Churchill said he shortened the war by two years.

The famous computer scientist came up with the theory, on which all modern computing is based, in a paper 'on computable numbers' in 1936.
He described a device that would read symbols on a tape and proposed that the tape could be used to program the machine.
However it was not until later that Turing’s ideas were realised as practical machines.
The 'universal machine' came top of a poll to find the greatest British innovation of the past 100 years.