Alan Mathison Turing

By Sophie Loader

Alan Turing's life and work facts

  • Alan Mathison Turing was born on the 23rd June, 1912 in London.

  • He was a mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher pioneering computer scientist, mathematical biologist and marathon and ultra distance runner and a WW2 code breaker.

  • He had one brother (John Turing) and both of his parents ( Julius Mathison Turing & Ethel Sara Stoney).All of his family were his greatest encouragement.

  • In 1939-40 Alan Turing created the Bombe. It was a machine created for the Enigma decryption. It was also known that he created the first computer.

Also its a known fact that Alan Turing was a homosexual in a time when homosexuality was illegal. He was given a choice between chemical castration and prison. Instead, he laced an apple with cyanide poisoning and choose to kill himself. He did this on June 7th 1954 in Wilmslow.
  • These are some of the quotes that ALan Turing said himself:

  • “We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.”

    · “A computer would deserve to be called intelligent if it could deceive a human into believing that it was human.”

  • TO remember Alan Turing and his genius work, theres been a film created to remember everything. Its called The Imitation game.
The Imitation Game - Official UK Teaser Trailer


The Imitation game was created in favour of Alan Turing and his work. Benedict Cumberbatch is playing the star role of Alan Turing.

The Bombe

The Bombe was created to decrypt the enigma to find out what the germans were planning. The Germans had created something that looked like a type writer, to decrypt the messages that they were sending to each other like plans they were making. The English got hold of one of those letters and Alan Turing was the only one smart enough there to make a machine to decrypt the message which was sent in words that they called the Enigma code. Once Alan Turing decrypted the message, he went down in history as a genius, which he was and still is apart of history today.