Alan Turing: Exhibition offers rare glimpse of the man behind the enigma

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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By Nick Heath

Nick Heath is a computer science student and was formerly a journalist at TechRepublic and ZDNet.