In 1954 the world lost the legend that was Alan Turing, he was just 41 years of age but he had already accomplished so much. This coming Saturday, on June 23rd, Turing would have turned 100 years old and all over the world people are paying homage to the man whose genius paved the foundations of modern computing.
It is incredibly difficult to summarize Turing’s work, as so much of what he did was of great significance, sometimes he is called a mathematician, or a computer scientist, or a logician or a cryptanalyst – the truth of it is that he excelled in all of these subject areas.
Whilst at King’s College, Cambridge, Turing published a seminal paper in 1936 on the subject of Computable Numbers. This paper introduced two concepts, ‘algorithms’ and ‘computing machines’. The introduction of these concepts are part of the reason that Turing is widely referred to as the father of computer science and his work still has a significant role in the industry – nearly 60 years after his death. Continue Reading