A biography of the English mathematician Alan Turing, who was one of the inventors of the digital computer and one of the key figures in the breaking of the Enigma code, used by the Germans to send secret orders to their U-boats in World War II. Turing was also a homosexual in Britain at a time when this was illegal, besides being a security risk.
Alan Turing, master cypher and mathematician, leader of the team that broke the Enigma code, inventor of the first large scale computer and originator of the basic principles of artificial intelligence. Blackmailed into admitting his homosexuality, convicted and chemically castrated in 1952. Suspected suicide 1954. Born 100 hundred years ago, June 23rd this year.