Alan Turing

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Alan TuringName: Alan Mathison Turing

Born: June 23, 1912, in Maida Vale, London, England, United Kingdom

Died: June 7, 1954 (Age: 41)

Computer-related contributions

  • English mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist who is considered to be the father of computer science.
  • Developed the Turing Machine in 1936.
  • Developed the Turing Test.
  • Since 1966, the Turing Award has been given annually by the Association for Computing Machinery to a person for technical contributions to the computing community. It is widely considered to be the computing world's highest honor, equivalent to the Nobel Prize.

Honors and awards

  • The movie The Imitation Game (2014) was based on his life story.
  • Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
  • Fellow of the Royal Society.


"A computer would deserve to be called intelligent if it could deceive a human into believing that it was human."

"Machines take me by surprise with great frequency."

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