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All about alan turing

Who is Alan Turing

Alan Turing was not a well known figure during his lifetime. But today he is famous for being a British mathematician, who used computers and played a crucial part in the Allied victory over Nazi Germany in WW2.

His early life

Alan Turing spent much of his early life separated from his parents, as his father worked in India. At school he was into doing experiments by himself and was easily and was seen drawing in sports. When he moved to Sherborne school he met Christopher and they started to be very good friends. then Christopher died. Alan then was determined to carry on there work.

His later life timeline

1912 (23 June): Birth, Paddington, London

1931-34: Undergraduate at King's College, Cambridge University

1932-35: Quantum mechanics, probability, logic. Fellow of King's College, Cambridge

1936: The Turing machine, computability, universal machine

1938-39: Return to Cambridge. Introduced to German Enigma cipher machine

1939-40: The Bombe, machine for Enigma decryption

1939-42: Breaking of U-boat Enigma, saving battle of the Atlantic

1945: National Physical Laboratory, London

1946: Computer and software design leading the world.

1947-48: Programming, neural nets, and artificial intelligence

1950: The Turing Test for machine intelligence

1952: Arrested as a homosexual, loss of security clearance

1953-54: Unfinished work in biology and physics

1954 (7 June): Death (suicide) by cyanide poisoning, Wilmslow, Cheshire.


'Machines take me by surprise with great frequency.'

'I believe that at the end of the century the use of words and general educated opinion will have altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted.'