Turing was quite a brilliant mathematician, most famous for his work on breaking the German Enigma codes… Without his outstanding contribution the history of the Second World War could have been very different.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown, 10 September 2009
Alan Turing (1912-1954) was a brilliant mathematician and a leading code-breaker during World War 2. His pre-war work laid down the theoretical plan for a programmable computer, and after the war he was closely involved in the design and programming of the world’s earliest computing machines. He designed the ACE (Automatic Computing Engine) built by the UK Government, wrote programming manuals, and founded the discipline of artificial intelligence.
The Turing Trust is proud to be able to commemorate Alan Turing’s remarkable contribution to the early years of computing by making computers available to less privileged communities in Africa and by enabling volunteers in the UK to sharpen their own IT skills in preparing computers for use in African schools.
The Turing Trust was set up by Alan Turing’s closest family, including his nephew Sir John Turing, in memory of his name and legacy. With Alan’s name behind us we are contributing to the future of computer science by supporting people in rural African communities to become computer literate.