Alan Turing

Alan Turing

Born 23 June 1912
Died 7 June 1954
 
Turing is best known for deciphering the Enigma code during World War II at Bletchley Park. He is also well known for developing the Turing Test - a test which is still used today in establishing whether a computer can be intelligent, i.e. whether it can think.
 
A brilliant mathematician, one of the remarkable things about Turing's work is that he was able to describe a modern computer before technology had reached the point where construction was a realistic proposition. His work on calculable numbers prompted him to develop an abstract machine, now called a Turing maching, which moved from one state to another using a precise finite set of rules (using a finite table) and depending on a single symbol it read from a tape. The Turing machine could write a symbol on the tape, or a delete a symbol from the tape. His ideas have proved fundamental to mathematics and computer science ever since they were published.


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Historical Timeline for Alan Turing :

Date Event
1936 In 1936, at Cambridge Alan Turing invented the principle of the modern computer
12 Nov 1937 Alan Turing Defines the Universal Machine
19 Feb 1946 Alan Turing Proposal For 'ACE' Automatic Computing Engine
1955 English Electric Deuce Computers introduced

 

 

 

 
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