The legacy of Alan Turing - artificial intelligence and code-breaking
On the centenary of his birth, we take a look back at the life and achievements of Alan Turing
By Mary-Ann Russon | Techworld | Published: 03:00, 23 June 12
23 June 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of Alan Turing's birth. Join us as we take a quick look back through his life at his achievements in technology, his theories and his personal struggles. Warning - copious amount of black and white photography will ensue.
Images courtesy of the Science Museum / SSPL.
Nature of spirit
While at Sherborne, Turing exhibited a talent for science and mathematics that did not go down well with all of his teachers, but he entered the sixth form at Sherborne at the tender age of 15. He also formed a close friendship with a boy in the year above him named Christopher Morcom. It's believed that Turing had feelings for Morcom and his death from Tuberculosis affected him deeply, prompting him to write "Nature of Spirit", an essay championing the survival of the human spirit after death by way of quantum mechanics rather than religion.