15.01.15: Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game is
nominated for EIGHT Oscars, including Best Film, Leading Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Director,
Original Score, and Supporting Actress
Adding to its BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations, The Imitation Game gets comprehensive
recognition via no less than EIGHT Oscar nominations, bringing the incredible
story of Alan Turing - his genius, achievements and sad ending - to worldwide attention.
31.08.14: The Imitation Game with
Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing
gets rave reviews at Telluride Film Festival in Arizona, USA
31.05.14: 60th anniversary of Alan Turing's death remembered with Turing test event
at the Royal Society London, Sat. 7 June 2014
60th anniversary of Alan Turing's death remembered with
Turing test event
at the Royal Society London, Saturday 7 June 2014.
TURING2014: CAN MACHINES THINK?
- further information and how to register
06.02.14: Elsevier book Alan Turing - His Work and Impact wins top US
publishers Award in Washington
Alan Turing - His Work and Impact
, edited by S. Barry Cooper and
Jan van Leeuwen, has
won the prestigious R.R. Hawkins
, at the
sponsored by the Association of American Publishers Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division.
24.12.13: Queen grants a posthumous Royal Pardon to Alan Turing
Royal pardon for
codebreaker Alan Turing
reported the BBC on Christmas Eve, 2013. This was
the conclusion of a long campaign, with hard work and contributions by many
people, including petition organisers John Graham-Cummings and William
Jones, and Lord Sharkey moving a private members bill in the House of Lords. There was
widespread media coverage, with an Associated Press report featuring around the world.
15.09.13: Filming of The Imitation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch and
Keira Knightley starts
Black Bear Pictures starts
filming of the Graham Moore scripted
movie The Imitation Game
with Benedict Cumberbatch playing Alan Turing and Keira Knightley playing
his fellow codebreaker Joan Clarke.
2.09.13: DVD of acclaimed Turing movie CODEBREAKER released in UK
The keenly awaited DVD release of the Alan Turing
is announced by Dazzler Media.
Includes two versions of the film, one of 53 minutes and the full 81 minute version.
Available from usual outlets, including online:
19.07.13: Government supports Lord Sharkey's bid for a full pardon for Alan Turing
Lord Sharkey's persistence is rewarded with a second reading in the House of Lords for
his Alan Turing (Statutory Pardon) Bill
, and Government support for further progress - too many
reports in the media to list,
but here is the Mail's A pardon for wartime codebreaker Alan Turing, the genius of Bletchley
Park convicted of homosexuality in 1952
of Lord Sharkey's speech and the debate.
25.03.13: Turing's Universal machine voted 'Most Important UK Innovation'
The vote for 'the most important innovation of the last 100 years', supported by the
Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Science Museum etc,
made Alan Turing's Universal machine the top choice
29.12.12: An Alan Turing Year MBE for Bletchley Park
codebreaker Captain Jerry Roberts
The honouring with an MBE of codebreaker extraordinaire Captain Jerry Roberts
made a nice conclusion to the Alan Turing Year. Generous as ever, Jerry was quoted in the media
as calling for more general recognition for his Bletchley Park colleagues. The initial
featured the case of Alan Turing, though by breakfast time
the Turing photo and mention of the call for a pardon, had been pruned out.
Many congratulations to Jerry and Mei, and all the best for 2013!
14.12.12: Letter to Telegraph from Prof. Stephen Hawking, Lord Sharkey et al calls for
Alan Turing pardon
letter to the Telegraph
, Prof Stephen Hawking and
ten other distinguished signatories call on the Prime Minister to 'formally forgive' Turing,
and comments on the incapability of 'successive governments' to manage to do this.
See the BBC report
04.10.12: Iain Lobban, GCHQ Director, pays tribute to Alan Turing legacy at packed Leeds event
rare public lecture by GCHQ
Director Iain Lobban
, he paid tribute to the Turing legacy. As reported variously
- see the
- he regretted Turing's treatment and early death. But his central message was a more
positive one, celebrating the
scientific contributions of creative individuals
, and looking to the
future of the science - while honouring seminal figures like Alan Turing and Tommy Flowers. See the
transcript of the
15.09.12: Bletchley Park Launches Special Edition Alan Turing Monopoly set, with Google support
Custom board-game maker Winning Moves has produced a special
Alan Turing Monopoly set
that 'Turing's face appears on all the money in the game -
a nod toward the current petition to get him on the 10 pound note.' You can order a copy
from sole distributor Bletchley Park
25.07.12: Parliamentary Bill launched in House of Lords for Alan Turing pardon
Lord Sharkey moves a Private Members Bill in the House of Lords:
'A Bill to give a statutory pardon to Alan Mathison Turing for offences under
section 11 of the Criminal Amendment Act 1885 of which he was convicted on 31 March 1952.' See
report. And the
for its passage into law.
13.07.12: Videos of Manchester Turing Centenary Conference go online
27.06.12: Julian Huppert MP obtains centenary Parliamentary debate on Alan Turing
Julian Huppert, MP for Cambridge, obtained a debate to commemorate the
Centenary of the birth of Alan Turing. It was held Weds 27th, 2:30-4, in Westminster Hall.
In his opening speech, Julian called for more recognition for Turing, and paid
tribute to Professor Barry Cooper for his tireless efforts as Chair of the Turing Centenary Advisory Committee.
23.06.12: Birth of Alan Turing just 100 years ago this day is commemorated round the world
Saturday 23rd June 2012 sees an amazing range of events in honour of Alan Turing, all round the world.
This included the unveiling of commemorative Blue Plaques in Cambridge outside King's College,
in Manchester on the building where Turing wrote his morphogenesis paper (unveiled by Garry Kasparov),
and in St. Leonards, Hastings, where the Turing brothers spent much of their childhoods.
19.04.12: GCHQ releases two codebreaking papers by Alan Turing
The BBC headline reads:
Alan Turing papers on code breaking released by GCHQ
adding: It is believed Turing wrote the papers while at Bletchley Park working on breaking German Enigma codes.
A GCHQ mathematician said the fact that the contents had been restricted 'shows what a tremendous importance it has in the foundations of our subject'.
09.04.12: The biography of Alan M Turing by his mother Sara appears
Largely due to the efforts of the Turing Centenary Advisory Committee, the very rare and
long out of print biography of Turing by his mother Sara has been finally re-published on March 26, 2012.
Alan M. Turing
Sara Turing retains the moving original Foreword by Lyn Irvine, with added new
Foreword by Martin Davis, and a fascinating memoir by Alan's brother John which
is a revealing window on the Turing family and the society in which Alan Turing died.
06.04.12: Manchester Pride Festival to honour Alan Turing
10.03.12: Judea Pearl is 2011 A.M. Turing Award Winner
work has transformed AI by creating a representational
and computational foundation for the processing of information under uncertainty, is the
2011 A.M. Turing Award Winner. He will be presented with the award at the
ACM A.M. Turing
in San Francisco, 15-16 June, 2012.
22.02.12: Top science journal 'Nature' - Special issue on 'Alan Turing At 100: Legacy of a Universal Mind'
Latest issue of weekly international science journal Nature
has a Special
Turing At 100: Legacy of a Universal Mind
with articles by
top experts, on a whole range of topics related to the Turing legacy in science. Read editor
preview the Special online. And see print version for rest.
06.02.12: Computer Society of India sends its support for Alan Turing Year
The Computer Society of India, which has 70 chapters all over India, 358 student branches, and more than
members, has written asking to contribute to the Alan Turing Year 2012.
06.01.12: ACM to celebrate Alan Turing in San Francisco with 32 ACM A.M. Turing Award Winners
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) will bring together
32 ACM A.M. Turing Award Winners, to honour the 100th Anniversary of Alan Turing
and reflect on his contributions, as well as on the past and future of computing. The
Turing Centenary Celebration
will be held 15 - 16 June, 2012, in San Francisco.
02.01.12: Alan Turing to be honoured by Royal Mail commemorative postage stamp in 2012
The Guardian reports
Alan Turing gets stamp of approval
, and goes on:
'The computer pioneer is one of 10 prominent people chosen for the Royal Mail's Britons of Distinction stamps, to be launched in February'.
Scan of Guardian report: Calls
to pardon Turing grow as he is given stamp honour
01.01.12: The Alan Turing Year starts today!
The Alan Turing Year has finally arrived, an exciting 12 months focusing on the Turing legacy
and all it means to us today.
25.11.11: Grant a pardon to Alan Turing - new HMGovernment e-Petition started
A new HMGovernment e-Petition asks the Ministry of Justice to
Grant a pardon to Alan Turing
22.11.11: Channel 4 film Britain's Greatest Codebreaker gets widespread praise and media attention
The Channel 4 TV docudrama Britain's Greatest Codebreaker
received unprecedented attention
from the UK media, and is available online
for those who missed it.
12.11.11: Plans for the Brazilian Alan Turing Year announced
An ambitious programme of events for the Brazilian
Alan Turing Year
has been announced. It includes an exhibition
Alan Turing - Legacy
for Computing and Humanity
at the Museum of the Federal
University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), a Special Lecture
Series celebrating the Alan Turing Year,
and video and deciphering contests for students.
10.11.11: New ATY Calendar of Events goes live
A long overdue, comprehensive
Calendar of ATY Events
has been set up by Collette Curry.
The Calendar will be administered by Collette, and is already online.
08.11.11: Turing 100 Centenary Conference in Manchester - details go public
The webpage for
Turing 100 - The Alan Turing Centenary Conference
in Manchester, June 22 - 25, has gone public, with
speakers Roger Penrose, Vint Cerf, Ed Clarke, Tony Hoare, Rodney Brooks, Yuri Matiyasevich, Michael Rabin
and Garry Kasparov so far confirmed.
13.10.11: Leonardo DiCaprio tipped to play codebreaker Alan Turing in new
Multiple media reports say that Warner Bros. outbid six other indie film companies
for first-time screenwriter Graham Moore's 'The Imitation Game', a spec script that
Leonardo DiCaprio has the 'inside track' to lead to the big screen with
Ron Howard 'interested' in directing. See the
21.09.11: Ed Stoppard to play Alan Turing in Channel 4 docu
Channel 4 Commissioning Editor for History Julia Harrington has commissioned
Furnace Television to make
The Hero of Station X
, due for transmission on Channel 4 in the autumn.
21.09.11: Computing At School announces Codebreaker Competition
To celebrate the centenary of Alan Turing's birthday in 2012
Computing At School (CAS)
announce, in collaboration with
a national programming competition
for school students in the
7-19 age range.
18.08.11: New Turing painting planned for entrance hall of the Computer Science Building (ETH Zurich)
A beautiful new painting by
'Alan Mathison Turing, 1912-1954
' will become
a permanent feature of the reconstructed entrance hall of the computer science building
of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
) from 2012.
09.08.11: Top German museum Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum mounts Alan Turing 2012 exhibit
The Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum
plans an ambitious
Alan Turing exhibit for the 2012 centenary year. Here is their press
and a photograph
. The exhibition starts on
10 January 2012 in Paderborn.
01.08.11: Edinburgh Turing celebration (T100) goes online
The Royal Society of Edinburgh and the School of Informatics at the University
of Edinburgh are planning a two-day Turing celebration for May 10-11, 2012.
to get more information about the events, including a public lecture by
Professor Jim Al-Khalili
on May 10, an impressive line-up
of speakers for a Research Symposium on May 11, and an
associated competition for schools.
15.07.11: Prof. Ray Dolan FRS to be the 2012 IET/BCS Turing Lecturer
FRS, who received the 2007 Max Planck Award for
his work in neuromodulation and behaviour, is the 2012 IET/BCS Turing Lecturer.
According to BCS President Jim Norton, 'Prof. Dolan
will draw some really interesting links between Turing's original
ideas and the cutting edge work going on today in cognition and
15.07.11: Turing-themed issues of two top Royal Society journals in 2012
The Royal Society is to publish in 2012 Turing-themed issues of its two high-impact
interdisciplinary journals, Philosophical
and Interface Focus
06.07.11: ATY events: CCA 2012 and DCM 2012 to be in Cambridge in 2012
23.06.11: University of Reading issues Press release in support of the Alan Turing Year and Turing100
A University of Reading Press Release is headed
Special Turing 100 event announced for
2012 anniversary of mathematician's birth
, giving details of
at Bletchley Park,
which will take place on what would have been his 100th birthday, 23 June 2012.
23.06.11: Turing Centenary Research Fellowship Competition, funded by the JTF, goes online
Following the preliminary announcement in April, full details of the
Turing Centenary Research
Fellowship and Scholar Competition
have been announced -
8 awards are available, funded by the
John Templeton Foundation
with a closing date for applications of December 16, 2011
23.06.11: Alan Turing Centennial Workshop at Computing at School Conference for Teachers
27.05.11: Turing Centennial event
at Princeton for May 10-12, 2012
Bob Sedgewick writes: I'm writing to let you know that we've scheduled our Turing Centennial event
here at Princeton for May 10-12, 2012. As currently envisioned, the purpose
of this event is both to take the opportunity to celebrate our institution's
role in the evolution of computer science and to tell to the world the full
story of Turing's time at Princeton. Attendees will fully come to appreciate
that Turing was as important as Einstein for 20th century science, that his
impact on society today was far greater, and that Princeton has a proud
stake in his ownership, at least his PhD.
07.05.11: AMS-ASL Special Session on The Life and Legacy of Alan Turing
Special Session on The Life and Legacy of Alan Turing
will be held as part of the
Joint Mathematics Meetings
Boston next January. The session will include 14 hours of talks,
intended to cover the full breadth of Turing's contributions, ranging from mathematical
logic and theoretical computer science to cryptography, numerical analysis,
philosophy of mind, and morphogenesis.
29.04.11: The Turing Year in China
main event confirmed for May 16-21, 2012
, with a number of Turing Award winners speaking, will be in Beijing,
May 16-21, 2012. This will be part of the 2012 Turing Year in China,
with confirmed speakers so far: S Barry Cooper (Leeds), John Hopcroft (Cornell), Richard Karp (Berkeley), Jon Kleinberg
(Cornell), Butler Lampson (Microsoft) and Andrew Chi-Chih Yao (Tsinghua, Beijing).
18.04.11: Session on Machines, from Turing to Quantum
at 2011 Brazilian Logic Conference
Brazilian Logic Conference
is getting in on the Turing Centenary a year early -
its May 2011 meeting will include a Special Session on
Machines, from Turing to Quantum
05.04.11: ACM Turing Centenary Celebration for June 15-16, 2012
John White, Association for Computing
CEO, has confirmed that the ACM Turing Centenary Celebration
on June 15-16, 2012. This major event is expected to include the
presentation of the 2011
A.M. Turing Award
02.04.11: Turing Centenary Research Project announced
Details of the
Turing Centenary Research
Fellowship and Scholar Competition
have been announced -
8 awards are available, with a closing date for applications of December 16, 2011.
01.03.11: Jack Emery, producer of Breaking the Code joins TCAC
Jack Emery, producer of the prize winning BBC TV film of Breaking the Code
has joined the TCAC, and is planning a Producer's Cut of his celebrated film in time for 2012.
25.02.11: Max Newman's unique collection of signed Turing offprints to go to Bletchley Park
In another remarkable turn of events, funding of 200,000 pounds from the National Heritage Memorial Fund,
chaired by Dame Jenny Abramsky, has finally secured the Max Newman collection of Turing's papers
for permanent display at Bletchley Park - see the
full BBC story
21.02.11: 100th Alan Turing Anniversary Year Turing Trail Relay for Sun 18 March 2012
have voted at their AGM hold the 100th Alan Turing Anniversary Year
Turing Trail Relay
open event on Sunday 18th March 2012. The course will go from
Ely to Cambridge and back along the Great Ouse and Cam riverside
routes used for training by Alan Turing.
17.02.11: Isaac Newton Institute workshop The Incomputable receives John Templeton Foundation funding
The Isaac Newton Institute workshop on The Incomputable
has received a grant of 83,700 pounds from the John Templeton Foundation.
11.01.11: ACM CEO John White joins the Turing Centenary Advisory Cttee
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Executive Director and Chief Executive Office since January 1999,
has joined the TCAC.
10.01.11: John Templeton Foundation approves major Turing Centenary grant
John Templeton Foundation
have approved a large grant
entitled Celebrating the Genius of Turing - Mind, Mechanism and Mathematics
. It will support the major Turing
Centenary meeting planned for the weekend of Turing's birthday, in
Manchester, together with a competition for five 3-year Turing Centenary
Research Fellowships and three Turing Centenary Scholars.
30.11.10: Turing Centenary Eurocrypt conference in
will take place in Cambridge, United Kingdom,
from April 15 to April 19, 2012. Devoted to all aspects of cryptology, this flagship conference
of the IACR
is forming part of the celebrations of the Alan Turing Year.
26.11.10: Sir John Dermot Turing and William Newman join the TCAC
Members of the TCAC are honoured to welcome to the committee Sir John Dermot Turing, nephew of Alan, and William Newman, son of
Alan's lifelong supporter Max Newman. See Sir Dermot opening the Alan Turing Building
at the Open University - you need to go about 7 minutes into the YouTube clip for Dermot's very Turing contribution.
23.11.10: Bidding for Alan Turing papers at Christie's reaches 240K pounds
The auction of Turing's offprints from the Max Newman collection reaches an amazing 240 thousand pounds,
with the Bletchley Park campaign to keep them in the UK supported by a Google donation of 100K. The reserve price of 300K not
reached, so there is still a chance they may not go abroad. Amongst a blizzard of media interest,
here is a nice pre-auction
17.11.10: Max Newman's unique collection of Alan Turing papers for auction
A unique collection of Alan Turing's offprints
from the collection of
Turing's longtime supporter Max Newman is being auctioned by Christie's on November 23rd.
12.11.10: CONCUR 2012 for Sept. 4-7. Satellite workshops Sept. 3, 8.
The dates 4-7 September 2012 have been announced for the Turing Centenary CONCUR 2012,
to be held in Newcastle. With the satellite workshops to be on the days 3 and 8 September 2012.
5.11.10: David Leavitt to speak at Florida MAMLS Turing centenary meeting
31.10.10: German Mathematical Society (DMV) supports Alan Turing Year
The Deutsche Mathematiker-Vereinigung
(German Mathematical Society) is getting involved with the Turing centenary
celebrations, and its media office will lend support.
31.10.10: Twitter following for AlanTuringYear passes 1000
The AlanTuringYear Twitter
has now passed the 1000 mark - though this is not yet in the same league as
26.09.10: TCAC Culture Subcommittee comes together
A growing number of artists, academics, researchers and others working creatively at the interface between
the arts and science have come together to form a
TCAC Culture Subcommittee
, aiming to
support and initiate Turing-related cultural activity in 2012. New members welcome!
15.09.10: Consultation on 2012 BCS/IET Turing Lectures underway
The TCAC Meeting at Bletchley Park on
16 September will be asked for suggestions for the 2012 BCS/IET Turing Lectures speaker
(the speaker for 2011 is Donald Knuth). Jim Norton, Chair of the IET IT Policy Panel and BCS Trustee and Vice-President,
will liaise with the TCAC on the eventual choice.
10.09.10: Major Turing publishing events from Cambridge and Elsevier
Cambridge are planning for 2012 an edited book, provisionally entitled
The Once and Future Turing - Computing the World
and Elsevier are reissuing for the Turing centenary a comprehensive selection from their Collected Works of A. M. Turing
new commentaries on the significance and contemporary impact from leading researchers and thinkers influenced
by Turing, entitled
Alan Turing - His Work and Impact
2.08.10: Turing's Century all-day event planned for Edinburgh, May 2012
In May 2012, the Edinburgh University School of Informatics and the Royal Society of Edinburgh
are organising Turing's Century, a one day symposium on Turing's legacy, to be followed by a public lecture in the evening.
16.07.10: National and local TCAC meetings fixed for September
There will be a GENERAL TCAC MEETING at BLETCHLEY PARK, 2-5pm on THURSDAY
16 SEPTEMBER. There will also be special meetings in Cambridge (Sept. 14-15) and
Manchester (Sept. 21). Details and invitations available from Barry Cooper.
14.07.10: Sir John Dermot Turing opens 'Alan Turing Building' at the OU
Alan Turing's nephew, Sir John Dermot Turing, has opened the renamed 'Alan Turing Building' at the Open University:
11.07.10: Turing Centenary programme announced for Newton Institute
The Newton Institute has confirmed a full six-month programme for January 9 - July 6, 2012,
entitled Semantics and Syntax: A Legacy of Alan Turing
1.07.10: Bletchley Park hosts the 2012 Loebner Prize Competition
As part of the 2012 celebrations for the centenary of the birth of Alan Turing, on May 15th 2012 Bletchley Park will be hosting the Annual
Loebner Prize competition, based on the Turing Test, to find the world's s best conversational computer program.
23.06.10: `Happy Birthday, Alan Turing' - new Stephen Wolfram blog
With just 2 years to go to Alan Turing's 100th birthday, Stephen Wolfram has written a Turing birthday blog:
`Happy Birthday, Alan Turing'
21.05.10: Turing Centenary EuroCrypt meeting for Cambridge in 2012
, the top conference
in Europe on Cryptography, will
be in Cambridge, April 15-19, 2012 - the year and location chosen to
mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing.
29.04.10: Dates for ACE 2012 at King's College Cambridge confirmed
The ACE 2012 conference, celebrating Turing's contributions to the
theory and practice of computing, is to be held at King's College
Cambridge on 15 and 16 June 2012.
09.04.10: Brazilian Logic Society support for Alan Turing Year
President of the Brazilian Logic Society
sends their support for the Turing centenary events.
02.04.10: The Turing Machine opera available for touring
Turing Machine opera
received rave reviews in Finland in 2008, and is available for touring in the lead-up to 2012 -
contact Opera Skaala
01.04.10: TCAC member Simon Singh wins libel appeal
Science writer and Alan Turing Year supporter
Simon Singh wins libel appeal
30.03.10: Historic 35m Turing Trail Relay for 2012
Ely Runners have confirmed that their 35 mile Turing Trail Relay
race will (provisionally)
take place in 2012 as part of the Alan Turing centenary.
23.03.10: Turing to be theme of Gibbons Memorial Lecture Series in 2012
Bob Doran from Auckland, New Zealand, tells us that they have decided to make Turing the theme
for the Gibbons Memorial Lecture Series
18.03.10: Special issue of 'Evolutionary Intelligence' for 2012
Christof Teuscher has announced a special issue of Evolutionary Intelligence
come out in January 2012. Deadline for submissions: December 1, 2010.
18.03.10: Lord Mayor of Westminster interested in Turing Centenary
The Lord Mayor of Westminster, Duncan Sandys, replies to Huma Shah and Professor Warwick that their letter 'makes for compelling
reading', and offers to consider invitations to attend Alan Turing Year Events within Westminster.
11.03.10: An Olympic honour for Alan Turing
The campaign of John Graham-Cumming for Olympic marathon
recognition for Alan Turing gets Guardian spotlight
09.03.10: Wolfram Research supports the Alan Turing Year
joined the Alan Turing Year preparations, with plans for support of events in the USA and the UK.
03.03.10: New support from a number of organisations!
The Alan Turing Year is now being given very important support from Elsevier
the John Templeton Foundation
, IOS Press
, the UK Mathematics Trust
and Computer Science For Fun
22.01.10: Turing100 event for Turing's birthday
Turing100in2012 have put more details of their Turing Centenary programme on their webpage
15.01.10: Angus Macintyre joins the TCAC
The Alan Turing Year is now supported by another distinguished member of the
Royal Society (and recently elected President of the London Mathematical Society), Angus Macintyre
11.01.10: Turing100in2012 goes public
Turing100in2012 has announced more details
of their Turing Centenary events via the webpage
. More details are expected soon.
16.12.09: Bernard Richards, one-time student of Alan Turing, joins the TCAC
Bernard Richards, Emeritus
Professor at Manchester University,
worked as a starting MSc student on morphogenesis with Turing just before he died -
13.12.09: Alan Turing Year signs up to Twitter
Those who, like Turing fan Stephen Fry, are on Twitter can now follow
Alan Turing Year
08.12.09: Manchester plans for the Alan Turing Year
Major celebrations of the Alan Turing year are planned
for Manchester - see
17.11.09: Turing Centenary event planned for Beijing
Professor Angsheng Li reports that the 9th International Conference on the Theory and Applications of
Models of Computation (TAMC 2012) will be part of the Turing Centenary celebrations
10.11.09: Government Minister writes'I am delighted to hear that plans are underway to
celebrate Turing's life and work.'
Lord Drayson, Minister for Science and Innovation, has invited the TCAC to discuss further Government involvement
with his department's Science and Society Team. Watch this space!
03.11.09: LMS Newsletter reports on Turing apology
The London Mathematical Society Newsletter reports on Gordon Brown's
Turing statement, and 2012 plans -
and then click on 'News' in menu on left.
27.10.09: British Society for the History of Mathematics plans
Turing Centenary involvement
Professor Tony Mann writes, as President of the
British Society for the History of Mathematics, to nominate Professor
Martin Campbell-Kelly of Warwick University as BSHM representative on the TCAC.
Europe (IE) supports the Turing Centenary
IE Vice-President Jan van Leeuwen reports that the IE Board agreed with enthusiasm that IE should be an
explicit supporter of the Turing Centenary.
02.10.09: UNESCO Chair in Information and Computer Ethics endorses Alan Turing Year
Luciano Floridi, recently appointed to the newly established UNESCO Chair in Information and Computer Ethics,
conveys official endorsement of the Alan Turing Year.
29.09.09: Funding success for Bletchley Park
See the Bletchley Park press release for the full story:
26.09.09: British Mathematical Colloquium celebration of Turing agreed
On Thursday the BMC committee confirmed the dates
(16-19 April) for the British Mathematical Colloquium at Kent, with
unanimous agreement to include the
celebration of Turing's birthday.
25.09.09: Simon Singh gives his support to the Alan Turing Year
Singh, author of 'The Code Book' and owner of an Enigma machine has given his support to the Alan Turing Year, and joined the Turing Centenary Advisory Committee
25.09.09: New novel from Sweden based on Turing to appear
Erik Palmgren tells us that a novel in Swedish about Turing
was published this year by David Lagercrantz.
It was critically acclaimed by the press and has sold well.
Apparently an English translation 'Fall from grace in Wilmslow'
is underway. See
17.09.09: CONCUR joins the Alan Turing Year
The 23rd International
Conference on Concurrency Theory (CONCUR), will be held at Newcastle upon Tyne, in August 2012, as part of the Alan Turing Year celebrations.
10.09.09: Alan Turing gets an apology from the Prime Minister
The Prime Minister has responded to the Alan Turing petition for an apology, by recognising the 'appalling' way he was treated for being gay:
- See also:
04.09.09: Newsnight report on Turing and Bletchley Park
Jeremy Paxman asks on Newsnight whether Turing deserves a
posthumous apology. See:
30.08.09: The Turing petition for a government apology gains support
See http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/turing/ for the petition.
20.08.09: Turing centenary BCTCS 2012 dates confirmed
The dates for the Turing Centenary BCTCS in Manchester are confirmed as Monday 2nd April to Thursday 5th April, 2012.
17.08.09: EuroCrypt 2012 will be in Cambridge in April 2012
Not officially announced yet, and subject to final contracts with colleges etc. But ... EuroCrypt 2012 will be in Cambridge in April
10.07.09: Turing Centenary ICALP for Warwick!
It was decided at the EATCS
General Assembly at ICALP in Rhodes on July 7, 2009 that ICALP 2012 would be in Warwick, and be a central event of the Turing Centenary Year
23.06.09: Stephen Fry marks Turing's birthday
writes on Twitter: 'One of my all time heroes Alan Turing was born today 1912!'
02.05.09: Manchester LC 2012 proposal approved
Jouko Vaananen reports
that the ASL Committee of Logic in Europe has approved the proposal of Manchester
to organize Logic Colloquium 2012
01.05.09: BMC 2012 at Canterbury to commemorate Turing
British Mathematical Colloquium 2012 has been confirmed for the University of Kent at Canterbury,
with organiser Peter Fleischmann. Speakers on topics related to
Turing's work are probable.
17.04.09: BCTCS'2012 Turing Centenary meeting for Manchester
BCTCS'2012 is now planned for Manchester,
with Ian Pratt-Hartmann as organiser.
13.04.09: AISB in talks aimed co-locating with IACAP 2012
AISB is reportedly very interested in a co-location of the 2012 AISB
convention with the IACAP Congress. Talks re venue and timing are in progress.
03.04.09: First IACAP Congress in UK 2012
In 2012 IACAP will have no regional conferences (North American,
Asian-Pacific, Latin-American and European) but just one big Congress, to
celebrate the 10th anniversary of the official foundation of the
Association, and as part of the Turing Centenary celebrations.
15.03.09: National Museum of Computing involved in Alan Turing Year
Kevin Murrell, Trustee at The National Museum of Computing,
and CCS Committee Secretary, joins the TCAC as NMC representative.
2.03.09: Logic Colloquium 2012 proposal with ASL
for Manchester to host the 2012 Logic Colloquium has been sent to the
Association of Symbolic Logic.
24.02.09: 2012 Loebner Prize planned for UK
Dr. Hugh Loebner
announces that his 2012 Prize for
Artificial Intelligence will be held in the UK to celebrate the
centenary of Alan Turing's birth. Venue to be announced.
31.01.09: Newton Institute proposal submitted
A Preliminary proposal
for a Newton Institute 6-month programme 'Alan Turing and His Mathematical
Legacies' has been submitted.
24.01.09: Manchester Centenary event planned
reports the planning of a major Centenary Meeting in Manchester.
21.01.09: IACAP supports Turing Year
for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP) give their support to the Turing Year,
and discuss holding their 2012 congress in the UK.
14.01.09: BCS Turing Year representation increased
agrees to join Turing Year for BCS, pending official endorsement.
Cornelia Boldyreff joins on behalf of BCSWomen.
26.11.08: BLC involved in Turing year
The British Logic
Colloquium is planning a Turing related event for 2012, as part of the
proposed 'Logic Colloquium 2012 in Manchester.
24.11.08: BCTCS with plans for Turing Year
president of British Colloquium for Theoretical Computer Science, supports that BCTCS 2012 will have a Turing
element in their programme. There are chances that BCTCS 2012
takes place in Manchester.
24.11.08: ACM on board
Dame Wendy Hall, ACM
President, has joined TCAC to represent the ACM.
17.11.08: Bletchley Park joins Turing Year
Kelsey Griffin will
represent Bletchley Park in Turing Year discussions.