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

At the heart of the Turing exhibition at Bletchley is this statue commissioned by the late Sidney E Frank, an American billionaire.

The 1.5-ton, life-size statue of Turing, the work of artist Stephen Kettle, is made from approximately half a million individual pieces of 500-million-year-old Welsh slate.

Speaking at the launch of the exhibition, Turing's nephew Sir John Dermot Turing said if his uncle had not taken his own life at the age of 41, he might have ended up working in fields beyond computing.

"It's clear that he was moving away from computing machinery and moving towards biological sciences.

"What fascinated him was how things in the natural world could be mathematically modelled, and I think it would have been very interesting to see what he would have contributed in the field of biology. Who knows, he may have gone into other areas as well.

"In a sort of 18th century natural philosopher kind of way he didn't regard anything as being off limits, so he could have gone anywhere," he said.

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