TCAC Manchester Subcommittee
Manchester was uniquely important to Alan Turing's life and work.
Dramatic events, both in early computer development, and in
Turing's personal life, marked his years living there.
And new directions in his research, particularly his
seminal work on morphogenesis, were tragically cut short
at his house in Wilmslow on June 7th, 1954. There are still
a number of people living in Manchester who have close
links to Turing, in at least one case through
joint research work.
The TCAC Manchester Subcommittee has been formed to
coordinate and link the diverse activities
already planned for the region in 2012. Manchester today
provides a vibrantly rich context for the
Turing Centenary celebrations. This is reflected
in the pro-active involvement of the City's council, museums and
university, and in the broad
composition of the group:
- Alexandre Borovik (Chair):
Professor of Pure Mathematics, University of Manchester; Member-at-Large,
Council of London Mathematical Society.
- Martyn Amos:
Reader in Novel Computation,
Manchester Metropolitan University; author of
Genesis Machines - The
New Science of Biocomputing; speaker on
Clarke: Policy Officer, Culture
at Manchester City Council.
- Barry Cooper:
Mathematician and academic follower of Turing; Chair TCAC;
President Computability in Europe.
- Collette Curry: Researcher
at Manchester Metropolitan University with interest
in conversational agents - chatbots, Artificial Intelligence, programming.
Designer of the
- Daniela Derbyshire:
Researcher into early history of computers, daughter of
TCAC Media Contact - email:
turing @ live.co.uk.
- Steve Furber:
ICL Professor of Computer Engineering, School of Computer Science, University of Manchester;
Chair UK Computing Research Committee.
- Ed Glinert:
Founder of City Life, former staff writer for Private Eye and one-time production
editor of the rock 'n' roll magazine Mojo, a prolific writer whose
Compendium was described by the Independent
as a 'superb work of in-depth research and dry Northern wit'. Organiser of
'Turing Walks' in
- Toby Howard:
Senior Lecturer in the School of
Computer Science at the University of Manchester,
and the School's Public Engagement Coordinator.
Creator of the Manchester
Mark I emulator; Chair
for Experimental Technologies in the Art Context at the Academy of Arts, Leipzig (HGB).
Manchester's international centre for contemporary visual arts and film.
O'Hanrahan: Youngest daughter of
Desmond Paul Henry,
who was an early pioneer of Computer Art/Graphics, lived Manchester,
- Jim O'Shea:
Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, Specialist interest in artificial
intelligence, conversational agents and similarity of meaning.
Page: Founder of Comma
Press and coordinator of Comma science commissions, including
various projects centred around
Peacock: Professional designer and co-founder of the multi-disciplinary studio
Firecatcher. Has produced
illustrations etc in many settings.
- Ian Pratt-Hartmann:
Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Manchester; Organiser
of the 28th British Colloquium for
Theoretical Computer Science (BCTCS 2012), Manchester,
April 2-5, 2012.
- Bernard Richards:
Emeritus Professor of Medical Informatics, University of Manchester;
co-author of Alan Turing on morphogenesis.
Rushmore: Trainee Curator at MOSI, responsibilities include
the Manchester Science Gallery, the Revolution Manchester Gallery and the Computing in Manchester section of the Electricity Gallery.
- Sally-Anne Sagar:
Assistant Director of Regional and Economic Affairs,
University of Manchester.
- James Sumner:
Lecturer in History of Technology, Manchester University;
Associate Director UK
National Archive for the History of Computing (NAHC)
- Jonathan Swinton:
Associate Principal Scientist Systems Biology at AstraZeneca, Stockport; Speaker, writer, and
important website, on Turing and
- Andrei Voronkov:
Professor Of Formal Methods, University of Manchester;
Creator of EasyChair system for conference management;
Turing - Mind, Mechanism and Mathematics, Manchester, June 22-25, 2012.
- Terry Waller:
Former lead Officer on Gay
Men's issues, Manchester City Council, 1989-2011.
- Pauline Webb:
Collections Manager, Museum of
Science and Industry (MOSI), Manchester.
- Alex Wilkie:
Fielden Chair of Pure Mathematics at the University of Manchester; President,
Symbolic Logic; organiser Logic Colloquium 2012 in Manchester.
- Mike Yates: Emeritus Professor, University of Manchester;
seminal computability theorist; editor
of A. M. Turing, Vol. 4, Mathematical Logic.