Alan Turing: The Imitation Game to decode Guildford’s Enigma cracking hero

PUBLISHED: 21:52 20 January 2014 | UPDATED: 14:14 15 January 2015

Alan Turing

Alan Turing


Alan Turing, who grew up in Guildford, has been described as the father of the modern computer.

His life’s work included breaking the German Enigma code in World War Two and laying the foundations for computer science.

Turing’s post-war work included research on the earliest stored-program computers, definitions of artificial intelligence (the Turing test) and mathematical biology.

In 1952, Turing was prosecuted for his homosexuality, which is believed to have contributed to his suicide two years later.

The British government issued a formal apology in September 2009 for Turing’s treatment and this was followed in December 2013 with a royal pardon.

A new film called The Imitation Game tells the tale of Turing cracking the Enigma code and is to be released this year, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley.

Turing is commemorated in Surrey by a blue plaque at his former Guildford home at 22 Ennismore Avenue by Stoke Park, as well as a statue striding across the University of Surrey campus.

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