# Alan Turing

### Life of Alan Turing

## General Info

*Alan Mathison Turing was a British mathematician, logician, philosopher, computer scientist and mathematical biologist. He was a marathon runner too. He is one of the main reasons of the technology we have now.*

*Born: 23 Jun 1912 · London, United Kingdom*

* Died: 07 Jun 1954 · Wilmslow, United Kingdom*

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*Turing was a wartime code-breaker and he was educated at Sherborne School in Dorset, Turing went up to King’s College, Cambridge in October 1931 to read Mathematics. He was elected a Fellow of King’s in March 1935, at the age of only 22. In the same year he invented the abstract computing machines – now known simply as Turing machines. He completed a PhD in mathematical logic under Church’s direction. At such a young age he had shown mathematical talent. Unfortunately, Turing committed suicide in 1954, by eating an apple containing cyanide.*

## Alan Turing Portrait of Alan Turing | ## WW1 code breaker He worked as a code breaker for Britain during the wartime | ## Marathon runner Alan Turing was a long distance runner too. |

## Childhood

As an undergraduate, his main supervisor was the group theorist Philip Halls. His closest friends were fellow mathematics students David and James Atkins — who became his first continuing boyfriend. He went rowing, running, joined the Anti-War movement in 1933, and made visits to Germany. He was elected a Fellow in 1935. His childhood was spent in India as his father was an Indian Civil officer.

## The Code Breaker and Inspirations

*Alan Turing has been named as one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century. A Manchester road is named for him, as are many colleges. *

*He gave all his time for code breaking. He broke many of Germany's codes. He had many inspirations, he was inspired by Christopher Morocom, a friend. He, Christopher Morcom, gave Turing a vital period of intellectual companionship — which ended with Morcom's sudden death in February 1930. He was a great influence to Turing. Another influence was John Von Neuman.*

*Von Neumann pioneered game theory and, along with Alan Turing and Claude Shannon, was one of the conceptual inventors of the stored-program digital computer.*

## BBC History Alan Turing

## Quotes

*Here are some famous Alan Turing facts:*

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*‘Machines take me by surprise with great frequency.’ Alan Turing*

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*‘We can only see a short distance ahead but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.’ Alan Turing*

*They are very inspirational quotes.*