Alan Turing

"Father of modern computing

Facts of Alan Turing

Alan Turing was an English mathematician, wartime code-breaker and pioneer of computer science.

Alan Turing was born in Maida Vale, London on June 23, 1912. The site of his birth is commemorated by a blue plaque. His father worked for the Indian Civil Service (ICS). His parents had to travel between England and India often and they left Turing and his elder brother in the care of a retired Army couple.

Turing showed remarkable ability in Mathematics and Science at an early age. At the age of 14 he could solve advanced problems without having even studied elementary calculus. Aged 16, he came across Albert Einstein’s work. Turing not only grasped his work but also extrapolated Einstein’s questioning of Newton’s laws of motion from a text in which this was never made explicit.

A short biography about Alan Turing

Alan Turing was born on 23 June, 1912, in London. His father was in the Indian Civil Service and Turing's parents lived in India until his father's retirement in 1926. Turing and his brother stayed with friends and relatives in England. Turing studied mathematics at Cambridge University, and subsequently taught there, working in the burgeoning world of quantum mechanics. It was at Cambridge that he developed the proof which states that automatic computation cannot solve all mathematical problems. This concept, also known as the Turing machine, is considered the basis for the modern theory of computation.