Alan Turing

By Libby O'Dowd-Jones

Before the War

Alan Turing was born on June 23rd 1912 in Paddington, London by Julius Mathison Turing (Father) and Ethel Sara Stoney (Mother). In his childhood, his brother and him lived with friends and relatives while his Father worked in India. In 1926 his father retired and came back to England. He went to St Michaels Day School in Hastings in 1918 but he doesn't do very well. In 1926 he went to Sherborne school in Dorset.

During The War

During the war, Turing created a machine- The Bombe. It was built for decoding messages from the German Enigma. The Enigma was a machine where you pressed a button and a different letter came up each time you pressed it- this would be impossible to solve without The Bombe. Turing took at least two years off the war by building the machine.

After the War

Turing became well known for his work of defeating the Germans, however he was gay and at that time, it was illegal to be so. After many injections to change his hormones so he wouldn't be gay, it all got too much for him and sadly he committed suicide by eating an apple laced with cyanide. He died at the age of only 41 on July 7th 1954.

Quotes

"We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see there's plenty more to be done."


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


"A computer would deserve to be called intelligent if it could deceive a human into believing that it was human"


"Machines take me by surprise with great frequency."


"We are not interested in the fact that th brain has the consistency of cold porridge."


"Unless in communicating with it says exactly what it means, trouble is bound to result."

The Imitation Game

The imitation Game is based on the story of Alan turing and what he did for Britain. It portrays how he felt and the problems he faced.
The Imitation Game - Official Trailer - The Weinstein Company