Alan Turing: 66 years since his death

ABC Radio National Sunday Extra podcast on the anniversary of Alan Turing’s death in 1954.

Andrew Hodges – Mathematician and biographer of Alan Turing – talk about Turing’s life.

British computer pioneer and WW2 code-breaker Alan Turing, widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence, died on this day in 1954 from cyanide poisoning.

Turing’s accomplishments were never fully recognised as much of his work was covered by Britain’s Official Secrets Act, and in 1952 he was prosecuted or being a homosexual – for which the Queen and the British government apologised, more than 50 years later.

SOURCE: ABC Radio: The under appreciated legacy of Alan Turing

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