Alan Turing and Tim Berners-Lee

2nd Year IT

Alan Turing

Alan Turing was a mathematician who helped to crack codes during World War 2. He was born in 1912. He has been said to save millions of lives, as he helped to crack codes on the German 'Enigma' machine, that hardly anyone else could decipher.

In 1936 he went to Princeton University in America, but 2 years later returned to England, in 1938. During the WW2 he was a key part in cracking codes in Bletchley Park. After the war, he worked towards creating a machine that could hold and process information. When he showed it to his colleagues, they dismissed it, and the lab lost out on being the first to create an automatic computer.

In 1952, Turing was found to be homosexual, so was tried in court for being gay, as at the time that was illegal. He wanted to avoid prison, so in 1954, he commited suicide.

Tim Berners-Lee

Tim Berners-Lee is a computing scientist who invented the world wide web. He was born in 1955 and is still alive today. Although he could have made millions by creating the internet, he gave it to the world as a gift. He has completely changed the way we live and how the world functions today. Without his creations the world would be far less technologically advanced and many people have profited from his creation. He recently took part in the olympic opening cermemony.