June 23, 2012,
is the Centenary of Alan Turing’s birth in London.
During his relatively brief life, Turing
made a unique impact on the history of computing, computer science,
artificial intelligence, developmental biology, and the
mathematical theory of computability.
2012 will be a celebration of Turing’s life
and scientific impact,
with a number of major events taking place throughout the year.
Most of these will be linked to places with special significance in Turing’s life,
such as Cambridge, Manchester and Bletchley Park.
The Turing Year is coordinated by the Turing Centenary Advisory Committee (TCAC),
representing a range of expertise and organisational involvement in the 2012 celebrations.
Organisations and individuals wanting to contribute ideas or support for the Turing Year are invited to contact
any of the current TCAC members.
Please send us your support, and news of any Alan Turing Year events
you would like us to publicise.
There are many interesting and exciting activities in prospect for 2012, and news of these will
be circulated by TCAC members in all the different areas they represent.
Parliamentary Private Members' Debate by Dr Julian Huppert MP:
Centenary of the birth of Alan Turing
In Westminster Hall, on Wednesday 27 June at 2.29pm. Ended at 4.57pm
Talk by Prof Philip Maini on Turing's Theory of Developmental Pattern Formation, as part of the
Turing Research Symposium, organised by the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh School of Informatics
on Friday 11 May 2012 at the Informatics Forum, The University of Edinburgh.
Information Pioneers was a campaign from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, seeking
to show how the contributions of five very different people helped to shape the information
society that we live in today.
One of five short films, created by an award-winning production team,
this one features Kate Russell explaining how Alan Turing contributed to the
information revolution that changed all our lives.
BCS members helped to choose who to profile from a very long list. Following voting,
Alan Turing emerged as leading Information Pioneer with 38.8 percent of the vote,
more than twice the votes received by any of the other five remarkable pioneers. (Voting
has now finished, of course.)
To celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the birth of the world renowned mathematician,
code breaker, logician and computer scientist, the first ICO Alan Turing Lecture was held at the
Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester on Tuesday 11 September 2012.
Introduced by Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, the inaugural
lecture was delivered by distinguished Cambridge historian Professor Christopher Andrew,
the official historian of MI5, who discussed the life and work of Turing.
Luncheon talk on Alan Turing at HK Convention Centre on 21 Nov 2012. Part of the program in the 2012 HK International Computer Conference organised by the HK computer society. Speaker: Prof YB Yeung, who also played the Turing song composed by HK writer Miss Loke Lay on the harmonica.
Playwriight Catrin Fflur Huws talks about how she came to write
her play To Kill a Machine, about the wartime code-breaker Alan Turing, whose pioneering work considered
whether a machine could think. At the heart of the play is a powerful love story which
questions the meaning of humanity, and the importance of freedom.
Scan of the cover of the 1936 part of the Proceedings of the
London Mathematical Society in which Alan Turing's celebrated
Unversal Turing Machine paper appeared. Note the
Cambridge Philosophical Society stamp, showing the journal received
6th December, 1936. Scan thanks to Robert I. Soare.
A new book on Alan, from an artistic perspective, from
Oistros Publisher, Lecce
Turing themed issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society on
The Foundations of Computation, Physics and Mentality: the Turing Legacy
Draft cover for new Rudy Rucker novel Turing & Burroughs,
published in September 2012
Turing Birthday Card by
American artist Debbie Ericsson-Zenith:
'I wanted to connect him to the English queen and his
relationship with UK government and how his legacy effects
the queen today .. I wanted to connect him with queen's
everywhere, royal and otherwise.'
Copy of letter to the Telegraph from Prof. Stephen Hawking and other
distinguished figures, asking for a formal pardon for