This weekend marked the celebration of Alan Turing’s 100th birthday. Turing was one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century and made major contributions to cryptanalysis and started the theory of computability. He died shortly before his 42nd birthday from cyanide poisoning in what is widely believed to have been a suicide although some claim that it was an accident stemming from essentially a DIY bio experiment.
It is great to see Turing getting the recognition that he deserves. Last year I had the pleasure of giving the opening keynote for the now annual Turing Festival in Edinburgh. There is a petition to have Turing depicted on the 10 Pound note in the UK. I think that’s a wonderful idea as the 10 Pound note currently features another great British intellectual: Charles Darwin. I would love to see the Bank of England do this!