turing100@csc.uvic.ca

June 6, 2012
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Famed British mathematician Alan Turing would be 100 years old this month, if he had lived this long.

Credited with contributing to the significant task of breaking German Enigma machine codes during the Second World War. In 1936 he wrote a landmark paper on computable numbers that led to the a theory of Turing machines and the definition of computability, and pioneered the theoretical framework for what would eventually become the discipline of cognitive science, often referred to as artificial intelligence by computer scientists.

Turing received an apology in 2009 from then British prime minister Gordon Brown for being sentenced in 1952 to chemical castration after admitting that he was gay, a crime in the UK at the time. After undergoing these so-called treatments and having his national security clearance revoked, Turing committed suicide in1954 at age 41.

See www.csc.uvic.ca/Events/turing100 for a full schedule

What: Celebrating the 100th Birthday of Alan Turing
When: Friday, June 22 starting at 9:00
Where: Engineering Computing Science Building, Room 660 and 668

Free and open to the public