Alan Turing

Who is Alan Turing?

Alan Turing

Alan Turing was born on the 23rd June 1912. He was an english mathmatician, a codebreaker and the start of computers. He attended Sherborne School from 1926 until 1931. He then became an undergraduate at Kings College - Cambridge University.

During the second world war, Turing worked for the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, Britains codebreaking centre.

After the war, Turing worked at the National Physical Laboratory. It was here he designed the ACE, one of the first designs for a stored-program computer.

In 1952, he was prosecuted for homosexual acts (when behaviour similar to this was still criminal in the UK). He accepted treatment instead of prison.


However, in 1954, Alan Turing was found dead from cyanide poisoning. The inquiry states that it was a suicide due to his previous prosecution. His family were sure it was just an accident.

"We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done" - Alan Mathison Turing