Prof: Alan Turing Decoded
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 grossly mistreated by his unappreciative country and it has become hard to disentangle the real man from the story. It is easy to cast him as a misfit, the stereotypical professor. But actually Alan Turing was never a professor, and his nickname Prof was given by his codebreaking friends at Bletchley Park. Now, Alan Turing s nephew, Dermot Turing, has taken a fresh look at the influences on Alan Turing s life and creativity, and the later creation of a legend. For the first time it is possible to disclose the real character behind the cipher-text: how did Alan s childhood experiences influence the man? Who were the influential figures in Alan s formative years? How did his creative ideas evolve? Was he really a solitary, asocial genius? What was his wartime work after 1942, and why was it kept even more secret than the Enigma story? What is the truth about Alan Turing s conviction for gross indecency, and did he commit suicide? What is the significance of the Royal Pardon granted in 2013? In Dermot s own style he takes a vibrant and entertaining approach to the life and work of a true genius.
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