Alan Turing

The grandfather of computing

Alan Turing is the most significant computer scientist of the 20th century. In his short life, he helped set out what computers could and couldn’t do, helped win World War II, helped build one of the first computers, set out a test for how we might decide if a machine was intelligent kick-starting the field of Artificial Intelligence and more. Sadly, despite being a war hero he was persecuted for being gay by the British authorities and as a result committed suicide. What a loss to the world, all the things he would have gone on to do.


Alan Turing’s Life

Alan Turing smiling

Alan Turing’s life was full of amazing success, not least being a key person who helped the Allies win World War II, but it also included great unhappiness and ultimately tragedy linked to the fact that he was gay… (read on).

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