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.
Betrayal and chemical castration
In 1952, Turing began a homosexual relationship with a local man named Arnold Murray. To Turing's misfortune, Murray used knowledge gained from visiting Turing's house to help an accomplice burgle his home. When Turing reported the case to the police, Murray threatened to reveal Turing's homosexuality to the authorities. Under his brother's advice, Turing pleaded guilty to the charges and accepted hormonal treatment or rather, chemical castration instead of going to jail. Sadly, the conviction ended his work in cryptographic research for the government and might have contributed to the reasons for his suicide.