Alan Turing biography: talk by Sir Dermot Turing, 2pm – 4pm Room G205
Alan Turing Building. 52nd December 2015
Sir Dermot Turing, a nephew of Alan Turing, has released a new biography.
Alan Turing was an extraordinary man who crammed into a life of only
42 years the careers of mathematician, codebreaker, computer scientist
and biologist. He is widely regarded as a war hero for his
codebreaking work at Bletchley Park, and considered to be the father
of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence, as well
as a pioneer of developmental biology. He spent the last 5 years of
his life working at the University of Manchester, where he produced
some of his most creative, but still little-known, ideas.
Turing's conviction for gross indecency in 1952, followed two years
later by his untimely death, brought a terrible end to a life packed
with achievement. In that context it has been hard to discover the
real man behind the story.
At this event Sir Dermot Turing – Alan Turing’s nephew and author of a
new biography on his uncle - will share personal insights, family
stories and research from his book including interviews with Alan
Turing’s contemporaries, unseen photos and material not available to
previous researchers. He will focus on Alan Turing’s Manchester years
and the life-long influence which Max Newman, head of his Department
at the University, had on Alan Turing’s thinking and achievements.
There will be tea and cake after the event and a chance to discuss the
talk more informally with Sir Dermot.
This will be a public event but registration is available to members
of the Schools of CS and Mathematics until 23^rd November, when it
will be advertised externally.
Registration is essential: