Alan Turing with two colleagues and a Ferranti computer in January 1951. Turing had previously been involved with the construction of both the Colossus at Bletchley Park, and later the Automatic Computing Engine
An Olympic honour for Alan Turing : The 2012 Olympics offer the perfect chance to mark the anniversary of a great mathematician – and marathon runner. The last time Britain hosted the Olympics, in 1948, Turing tried out for the British Olympic marathon team. He came fifth in the trials. / John Graham-Cumming | @guardian | photo : The Alan Turing Internet Scrapbook [http://www.turing.org.uk/turing/scrapbook/run.html] | #AlanTuringYear
It's only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades--all before his suicide at age forty-one. This classic biography of the founder of computer science, reissued on the centenary of his birth with a substantial new preface by the author, is the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life.