Alan Turing

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Born on: 23 June 1912

Died: 7 June 1954

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Why he was famous

During World War II, he worked for the Government Code and Cypher School where Alan Turing would become most famous for being the person to break the code enabling the reading of the Enigma machine.


Computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and mathematical biologist.

Discouraged at school:

Alan Turing spent much of his early life separated from his parents, as his father worked in the British administration of India.

At 13 years old, he was sent to Sherborne School, a large boarding school in Dorset. The rigid education system gave his free-ranging scientific mind little encouragement, so Turing studied advanced modern scientific ideas, such as relativity, on his own, running far ahead of the school syllabus.