Turing Street, E20

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Named in honour of Alan Mathison Turing (June 23, 1912 – June 7, 1954) the mathematician and scientist, widely regarded as the father of computing science and artificial intelligence. Deciding on the name it was explained: “Londoner, mathematician, scientist and widely regarded as the father of computing science and artificial intelligence. His work for the Foreign Office, specifically the Government Code and Cypher School’s based at Bletchley Park, resulted in the cracking of the Nazi’s Enigma code. It his thought his work shortened the was by two years and saved 14 million lives. An accomplished athlete, he would often get to meetings in London by running the whole way (40 miles/64 km). He was prosecuted for homosexuality in 1952 and chemically castrated as an alternative to prison. With his career in ruins and barred from working at GCHQ, he committed suicide in 1954 at the age of 41. The influence of his thinking and work resounds today.”

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