computers


Alan Turing 1912-1954

Alan Mathison Turing, Elliot and Fry, 1951. Photo: National Portrait Gallery, London. On this day in 1912, my hero Alan Turing, without whom many of us wouldn’t be here in more ways than one, was born in Maida Vale, London. War hero, genius, mathematician, cryptologist, computer pioneer, independent spirit and cider drinker we all owe him SO MUCH and yet he was treated shamefully by the British government after being prosecuted for homosexuality in 1952, only finally receiving a Too Little Too Late pardon from the Queen on Christmas Eve last year. The quintessential genius, careless of his appearance, blunt […]