Alan Turing

Alan Turing (23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954) was a British mathematician and cryptographer who is considered to be one of the fathers of modern computer science. He never described himself as a philosopher, but his 1950 paper “Computing Machinery and Intelligence” is one of the most frequently cited in modern philosophical literature. It gave a fresh approach to the traditional mind-body problem, by relating it to the mathematical concept of computability. His work can be regarded as the foundation of computer science and of the artificial intelligence program.

Alan Turing’s short and extraordinary life has attracted wide interest. It has inspired his mother’s memoir (E. S. Turing 1959), a detailed biography (Hodges 1983), a play and television film (Whitemore 1986), and various other works of fiction and art.

Alan Turing was arguably one of the greatest minds that ever lived. Find out more about this extraordinary genius by visiting these websites:

http://www.turing.org.uk/

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/turing/