Who was Alan Turing?

Alan Turing is sometimes known as the father of modern computing, as well as a war hero for his involvements in WWll. Turing is often called a genius, being a brilliant mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and computer scientist, he used his intelligence to fulfill what would become a technological revolution and a great reduction of the second world war. Turing was born in London in 1912 and had a great education, eventually graduating from Princeton. At the outbreak of the war, he joined a code breaking government based facility at Bletchley Park. There, Turing dedicated his work to cracking the codes generated by the Enigma machine. The Enigma machine was a device that the Germans used to send coded messages to German units, this was used so that they could send messages without their movements being detected. The Enigma problem was thought to be impossible to be solved until Turing’s machine finally did just that. Turing spent his time in Bletchley Park building his machine, known as the bombe. The bombe became the first electromechanical device, and this very invention was just the start of what would become computers and the internet, hence why Turing is known as the father of modern computing. It is said that without Turing, the war would have gone for at least another two years, and even then, the allies may not have even won it without his world changing invention. Because Turing was working for the government, everything he accomplished was top secret. It took many years for the story of Alan Turing to become public. Unfortunately, Turing was convicted of gross indecency on the 31st of March after he was found out for partaking in homosexual acts. Turing was given two options: go to prison or take hormonal therapy. Turing chose the latter. On June 8th, 1954, Turing was found dead in his home a week before his 42nd birthday. The cause of death was cyanide poisoning. Since he has died, Turing has been recognized as a hero with tributes in his name and apologies from the governing body, as well as a Royal pardon from the Queen to Turing.



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