Alan Turing

And His Life As A Mathmatician

Turing's Life

Alan was born in London, and he was very smart. His parents were Julius Mathison Turing and Ethel Sarah Stoney. He became very interested in science when he was 13 years old. He was not considered a troublemaker, but he had the potential to be one. Alan attended the Sherborne School, King's College, Princeton University, Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, and St. Michael's School. He did not marry anyone, but he was engaged to Joan Clarke. Alan was arrested and asked not to return to his place of employment. He died of cyanide poisoning. The hardest thing he had to deal with in his life was the sex he preferred to be with.

Turing was born in 1912 and died in 1954.

Why He's Famous & Facts

Alan was famous for proving that no consistent formal system of arithmetic has a successful decision method. He created a similar, but also very different, code breaking gadget known as the Bombe. This was used in World War 2.


1. Turing liked to run 60 or so km to London for meetings.

2. Turing's death was actually suicide.

3. He is one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century.