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2012 A celebration of Alan Turing
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2012 A celebration of Alan Turing
Hello again from Maths News
 
This months Mathematician is Alan Turing on hand again is Mr Styles to answer the questions we have about him
 
So Mr Styles who was Alan Turing?
 
Mr Styles: Alan Turing's story is one of brilliance and sadness, he first came to prominence when he was part of the codebreaking team trying to decode the German Enigma machine, a piece of technology supposedly impossible to break.
 
The team he worked with was able to help save millions of lives, due to the breaking of the codes the Germans were sending using the Enigma machine.
 
Maths News: Fascinating
 
Mr Styles: But he is most famous for me as the person who invented the Maths needed to create computers.
 
Maths News: Maths in computers?
 
Mr Styles: Yes, the fundamentals of any computer, laptop, mobile phone, xbox is based around Mathemtical Programming. Alan created this maths and helped start the production of the first computers.
 
Maths News: And the sad part of the story?
 
Mr Styles: In one sense it is fitting that we talk about Alan when the school is now a Stonewall Champion. Alan was gay, and in 1952 he was convicted of homosexuality, so to avoid prison he accepted chemical castration, he died in 1954 of cyanide poisoning, thought to be suicide. 
 
At the moment there is a bill going through the House of Lords to pardon this conviction.
 
Maths News: Just like Hypatia, not a happy ending for our Mathematician of the month, it is good to know at least these days we are more accepting of gay people within society.
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