June 23, 2012,
was 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 was a world-wide celebration of Turing’s life
and scientific impact,
with a number of major events taking place throughout the year.
A number of these were linked to places with special significance in Turing’s life,
such as Cambridge, Manchester and Bletchley Park - while hundreds of
other events were hosted in over forty countries, commemorating Turing in every
continent outside Antarctica.
The Turing Centenary Advisory Committee (TCAC),
represented a range of expertise and organisational involvement in the 2012 celebrations, and
continues to play its role in the ensuing impact underpinning further
'Alan Turing Years'. The Committee's founder was Professor Barry Cooper, supported
by Computability in Europe, and a host of organisations and individuals, many represented
on this page.
We would be very grateful if those maintaining Turing webpages linked to here would
help us keep a record of this amazing period in the 'Turing Renaissance', and
make sure pages are archived, and we are notified of changed urls. Many thanks!
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 beyond, and news of these will
be circulated by TCAC members in all the different areas they represent.
Morten Tyldum, director of THE IMITATION GAME
interviewed about the making of the film, the choosing of the creative team, his commitment to the story of
Alan Turing, and his pride in the
that has emerged. Part of a panel discussion with other members of the team, filmed in three parts at Telluride Film Festival in August 2014.
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
with 38.8 percent of the vote,
more than twice the votes received by any of the other five remarkable pioneers.
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.
Director Maria Elisabetta Marelli interviewed (on Italian TV) about her multimedia theatrical event
a staged case history, performed to sold-out
performances, Piccolo Theatre, Milan, Nvember 20 - 25, 2012 - see
further background and videos from this
meticulously researched production.
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.
Original card created by members of Hong Kong Alan Turing Year team
- Loke Lay, Winnie Fu, Cpak Ming and Honsan Awong -
for the 84th anniversary of the death of Christopher Morcom,
Alan Turing's 'first and only love'.
Original and semantically complex New Year 2014 card designed for the Turing Centenary Advisory Committee by
Loke Lay, with technical and artistic input from BeWoks, Hong Kong.
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.
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.'
This portrait head of Alan Turing was sculpted by
Alan Dun in