Alan Turing

Pronouns
He/Him/His
Title
Mathematician and Logician
Degrees

BS, Mathematics, University of Cambridge

PhD, Mathematical Logic, Princeton University

Bio/Description

Field of Study: Computer Science, Mathematics, Cognitive Science

This scientist is most known for...Considered to be the father of modern computer science and pioneer of artificial intelligence (the basis of which was a procedure he developed and named the "Turing Test").

Made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for decoding German messages during WW2.

    Active Research Era: 20th century

    Date of Death:1954

    Country of Origin United Kingdom

    Affiliated Institution(s)/Place(s) of Work:

    • University of Cambridge
    • King's College
    • Princeton University

    URM Identity: LGBTQ+

    Race or Ethnicity: White

    Gender Identity: Man 

    Sexual Orientation: Homosexual 

    Country of Origin: United Kingdom

    Helpful Links to Work, Publications, etc

    Related Princeton Course(s)

    • COS 302
    • COS 324
    • COS 487
    • MAT 407
    • PSY 255
    • SPI 353

    Closing. Despite his brilliance and invaluable contributions to the field of computer science, Dr. Turing was persecuted throughout his short life, which ended by cyanide poisoning at the age of 41. His 1952 conviction for homosexuality - then a crime in Britain - was pardoned by the Queen in 2009 - 55 years after his death.
    Turing's portrait hangs in Lewis Library.

    Submitted by Penelope Georges | pgeorges@princeton.edu

    Selected Publications

    Turing, A.M. (1937). "On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem". Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society.