British mathematician Alan Turing is known as the father of modern computing. Decades before the onset of the information age, Turing conceived what he called a "universal machine", laying the groundwork for today's PCs and smartphones.
Yesterday, a new exhibition celebrating the life of Turing was launched at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, UK. During World War II, Turing was based at Bletchley and played a crucial role in cracking ciphers used to scramble German communications, including designing an electromechanical machine called the bombe, which partially automated the code-breaking.
The exhibition covers Turing's personal life and professional achievements, ranging from his school reports to academic papers where he set out his model for the universal machine.
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