“A great science fiction detective story”
- Ian Watson, author of The Universal Machine
Days to Centenary: 264 Alan Turing was born on June 23, 1912 — a date whose 100th anniversary will arrive in 264 days — and died by suicide on June 7, 1954. In his brief forty-one years he originated the idea of (and worked out the essential principles for) the modern computer, established the modern discipline of artificial intelligence, and contributed so significantly to the breaking of World War II German codes that he arguably shortened the war by several years, saving thousands upon thousands of lives, and made a major contribution to the defeat of Naziism. He was also a world-class long distance runner. Turing was also gay, an orientation about which he was (as it turns out) dangerously open. Homosexuality was illegal in the United Kingdom during his life, and in the early 1950s Turing was charged criminally. Facing a choice between prison and “chimical castration,” Turing chose the latter. Not long thereafter he died after eating a cyanide-laced apple. In 2009 British Prime Minister Gordon Brown offered Turing a much belated apology for the treatment he received at the hands of his government. This site is intended to review items of interest related to Turing, in particular material which can be found on, or downloaded from, the internet.