Turing Program: Alan Turing Biography
The Turing Program is named in honor of Alan Turing, generally acknowledged as
the founder of computer science. He invented a computer precursor called the Turing
machine and was the chief scientific figure in Allied codebreaking during
World War II, responsible for cracking the U-Boat Enigma system, vital to the
Turing was put on trial for consensual gay sex and was sentenced
to take hormone pills. Turing was very open and honest as a gay
man and took a defiant attitude. His being gay
resulting in his being regarded as a security risk, and
this perhaps more than the hormone treatment was the background to his
suicide by eating a poisoned apple.
Andrew Hodges, author of the definitive Turing biography entitled
Alan Turing: The Enigma, has created an excellent web site with
many Turing resources at
Many thanks to Andrew for his comments on the Turing section of this site.
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