About his life
Alan Turning was only 41 when he died 61 years ago
Alan Turing date and place of death
June 7, 1954
- Wilmslow, England
Alan Turing was a logician, mathematician and computer scientist. He is generally known for his work in artificial intelligence and computer science.
Turing was born in London in 1912, and at school was able to solve complex problems without having been taught them. Once he cycled almost 100 km from his home to school as the General Strike was on. In 1936, he came up with the idea of a machine that was able to compute anything that could be computed. This was known as the Turing Machine and led to the modern computer. During WORLD WAR 2, Turing worked at Bletchley Park and was involved in breaking the German Enigma Machine codes. Turing often ran 60 km to London for meetings, and he liked to chain his coffee mug to a radiator at Bletchley Park to stop other people using it. During the late 1940s he worked in the University of Manchester in mathematics and computing. His experiment, the Turing test tried to devise an intelligence standard for technology.