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The life and work of Alan Turing

Alan Turing was one of England’s most influential scientists of the twentieth century. He is best remembered as having cracked the codes used in the Enigma machines, enabling the Allies to defeat the Nazis in many important battles, particularly in the Atlantic Ocean. While this achievement which arguably helped to bring the Second World War to a quicker end has been brought to the fore through popular histories (including The Weinstein Company’s The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing), much of Turing’s less well-known work has shaped the field we know today as ‘artificial intelligence’.

Pioneering the field of ‘machine intelligence’, today we celebrate all of Turing’s achievements and the legacy his research left. Find out more about some of the key events that shaped his investigations with this interactive timeline.

Featured image credit: Enigma by Rama. CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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