History of War

THE LEGACY OF ALAN TURING

Alan Turing was a mathematical genius and is acknowledged as the “Father of Computer Science”. Nevertheless he is best known for his pivotal role at Bletchley Park where he was the leading member of the team that solved many of the problems presented by the German Enigma machine. This included designing the Bombe machine and these breakthroughs played a crucial role in Allied victory. Despite his monumental successes, Turing was prosecuted for homosexual acts in 1952 and died two years later in what was officially ruled as a suicide.

Sir Dermot Turing, Alan Turing’s nephew, has written several books about his uncle, Bletchley Park and computing. As well discussing his relative’s achievements, Sir Dermot talks about his new book X, Y & Z, which reveals the previously unknown story of the Polish, French and British secret services who worked together to unravel the Enigma machine

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