James Kohler

My flyer all about Alan Turing

Timeline of his life

1912 (23 June): Birth, Paddington, London

1926-31: Sherborne School

1931-34: Undergraduate at King's College, Cambridge University

1936: The Turing machine, computability, universal machine

1936-38: Princeton University. He studied Logic, algebra, number theory

1938-39: Return to Cambridge. Introduced to German Enigma cipher machine

1939-40: The Bombe, machine for Enigma decryption

1939-42: Breaking of U-boat Enigma, saving battle of the Atlantic

1945: National Physical Laboratory, London

1946: Computer and software design leading the world.

1947-48: Programming, neural nets, and artificial intelligence

1948: Manchester University, first serious mathematical use of a computer

1950: The Turing Test for machine intelligence

1951: Elected FRS. Non-linear theory of biological growth

1952: Arrested as a homosexual, loss of security clearance

1953-54: Unfinished work in biology and physics

1954 (7 June): Death (suicide) by cyanide poisoning, Wilmslow, Cheshire.



During the Second World War, Turing worked for the Government Code at Bletchley Park, Britain's codebreaking centre. For a time he led Hut 8, the section responsible for German naval. He devised a number of techniques for breaking German ciphers, Turing played a pivotal role in cracking coded messages that enabled the Allies to defeat the Nazis in many crucial engagements, including the Battle of the Atlantic; it has been estimated that this work shortened the war in Europe by as many as two to four years.

Feedback Please!

Star 1: You have included loads of points during his life.

Star2: You have told us about the Enigma Machine.

Wish: Try to space out your points so it isn't one scary block of writing!!

Jack White.