Wednesday, 30 May 2012
ABC Wednesdays: "T" is for Turing
This statue of Alan Turing (June 1912 to June 1954) sits in Sackville Park. There are many celebrations around the world this year, his centenary. Tragically he took his own life by eating a poisoned apple, after being persecuted and prosecuted by antiquated British law, merely for being gay. This after he helped win World War II by developing computers to break the Enigma Code. The Manchester connection is that Alan worked at Manchester University from 1948.
Local Turing events include a mass planting of sunflowers as part of an experiment to solve the mathematical riddle that he worked on. The results will be announced during the Manchester Science Festival 2012 (27 Oct - 4 Nov). Other cultural events connected to Turing’s life and legacy are at MOSI, the Manchester Museum and other spaces. More on the planet-wide centenary events at: http://www.mathcomp.leeds.ac.uk/turing2012/
I thought this photo I took last month of the memorial statue by a pink-blossomed tree was appropriate, in that Turing died whilst his talents were still blossoming, aged just 42. Linked to ABC Wednesdays .