Alan Mathison Turing

Alan Turing, detail

Sculptor

Glyn Hughes

Date

2001

About the work

Alan Mathison Turing is best known as the cryptographer whose invention helped to crack the Enigma code during the Second World War. He is considered the father of computer science, working in Manchester on one of the world’s earliest computers, the Manchester Mark I. Sadly, laws regarding homosexual behaviour drove Turing to suicide in 1954.

The life-size bronze figure of Turing seated on a bronze bench and holding an apple is situated in Sackville St Gardens, close to the University and Canal St.

Inscriptions

Plaque in front of bench: ALAN MATHISON TURING 1912-1954/THE FOUNDER OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

On bench: Alan Mathison Turing 1912-1954 AZLLSFTR PLIB ACIK TTRL AEF (Founder of computer science encoded in German Enigma codes).

In the collection

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Location & Map

This statue is located in Sackville Street Gardens.

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