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Alan Turing

(1912-1954), Mathematician

Alan Mathison Turing

Sitter in 4 portraits
One of Britain's most influential mathematicians and computer scientists. Born in London, Turing studied at King's College, Cambridge. Throughout the Second World War he worked for the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park. Known to colleagues as 'Prof', he was central to breaking the German naval cipher, the Enigma. After the war he joined the National Physical Laboratory where he led work to develop a large-scale electronic digital computer. In March 1952 Turing was arrested for homosexuality and avoided a prison sentence by accepting chemical castration. His position as a government consultant was ended. Aged forty-one, Turing was found dead; the inquest ruled suicide by cyanide.

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Alan Turing, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x27078

Alan Turing

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 29 March 1951
On display in Room 27 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x27078

Alan Turing, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x27079

Alan Turing

by Elliott & Fry
vintage bromide print on photographer's mount, 29 March 1951
NPG x27079

Alan Turing, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x82217

Alan Turing

by Elliott & Fry
quarter-plate glass negative, 29 March 1951
NPG x82217

Queen Elizabeth II; Alan Turing (on verso), Issued by Bank of England, after  Roger Withington, after  Elliott & Fry - NPG D49478

Queen Elizabeth II; Alan Turing (on verso)

Issued by Bank of England, after Roger Withington, after Elliott & Fry
steel engraved polymer currency note, issued 23 June 2021
NPG D49478



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