Friday, 9 October 2015

Biography of Alan Turing launched today

Alan Turing will be mentioned on our course for the Turing Machine (Lecture 5). At 6:60am today on the Radio 4 today programme I heard: "Alan Turing was the British mathematician who broke German codes at Bletchley Park during World War II. He committed suicide after he was prosecuted for homosexuality. A new biography is being published of Turing's life ­ by his own nephew Dermot Turing. It was launched yesterday in ­GCHQ."
This from the Glouceshire Echo:
"A book commemorating the life of renowned codebreaker Alan Turing will be officially launched at GCHQ.
Prof: Alan Turing Decoded, written by Turing's nephew Sir Dermot Turing, will be unveiled at the government's Cheltenham-based listening hub today.
It celebrates Turing's work as a mathematician, codebreaker, computer scientist and biologist.
Alan Turing made a crucial contribution to the cryptanalytic success of GCHQ's forerunner, the Government Code and Cypher School, at Bletchley Park during World War II."
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