Alan Turing voted most influential scientist of 20th century


  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 28 March 2019
  • Copyright: Lenscap Photography/Shutterstock

The BBC has announced that the UK has voted for Alan Turing as the most influential figure of the 20th century. Turing, a computer scientist, worked at Bletchley Park during World War Two, and his work helped accelerate Allied efforts to read German naval messages enciphered with the Enigma machine.

Turing’s enduring legacy features in a special digital public art installation which is free to view at London’s Paddington station. More information can be found about the art installation here. Turing features in an Icons feature as part of an effort by the BBC to celebrate the achievements of figures of the 20th century. Turing won in the category of scientists. More information about the other winners can be found here.

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Wiley is proud to work with the London Mathematical Society and a paper of his was published in their Proceedings in 1937 which is available here

Statistics Views interviewed mathematician Dr James Grime back in the Alan Turing Year of 2012, where James provided a demonstration of a surviving Enigma machine. 

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