THE work of mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing is said to have shortened the Second World War by four years. His work should have led him to be hailed as a national hero but instead he was hounded for his sexuality. Here’s what you need to know about him. When was Alan Turing born? Alan Turing was born on June 1912 in Maida Vale, London and from an early age it was clear that he was highly intelligent. When he was nine, his both his primary school headmistress and his secondary school maths teacher declared him to be a “genius” in reports. He passed the time by working out complex chess problems on his own, according to the British Library. Teachers were often annoyed with him for his high marks in exams despite him paying little attention during lessons. Where was he educated and what standard of runner was he? Turing began studying mathematics at King’s College Cambridge, in 1931 and graduated in 1934 with a first class degree During his time at university he enjoyed an active social life, took up rowing and became an excellent long distance runner. Later in life he finished fifth in qualifying for… Read full this story
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