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Alan Turing:”father of computer science”

June 26, 2012

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I haven’t read or thought about him in years.

Born on June 23, 1912

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“The man known as the “father of computer science” would have been celebrating his 100th birthday on Saturday.”

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Before World War II he thought of a machine which could compute and it was a machine that, although an abstraction, could solve problems. It was an amazing achievement on par with the framing of relativity and atomic discoveries, although no one at the time realized it. So deservedly, he is called the father of computer science. He was the son of proper British parents and a brother to a man who wrestled with accepting Alan’s homosexuality. In 1952, he was arrested for homosexuality in England, where homosexual acts were still illegal at the time. Instead of going to prison, Turing agreed to get shots of female hormones, or “chemical castration”. In 1954, he committed suicide by taking cyanide. Cambridge University Press has republished the 1959 biography of Alan Turing written by his mother, Sara, in view of the 100th anniversary of his birth.

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