Date of bith
Died: 7 June 1954
Why he was famous
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.