National Physical Laboratory

Turing Centenary

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Saturday 23 June 2012 would have marked the 100th birthday of Alan Turing, the British mathematician, codebreaker and computing pioneer. A new exhibition at the Science Museum will celebrate Turing's life and feature the Pilot ACE computer, built at NPL and based on Turing's design.

Alan Turing's time at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) between 1945 and 1948 led to the construction of the Pilot ACE Computer, which forms the centrepiece of a new exhibition at the Science Museum and was recently listed as one of the most significant inventions of the past 60 years.

The exhibition opened to the public on Thursday 21 June and celebrates the centenary of Turing's birth. The Pilot ACE is at the heart of the exhibition and is described by the Science Museum as 'the most significant surviving Turing artefact in existence'.

David Rooney, curator of the exhibition, explains more in the video below:

The Pilot ACE was also selected as one of the 12 most significant inventions from the past 60 years by the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Science Museum, in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Other inventions selected included the World Wide Web, the Apollo space programme and the mobile phone.

Find out more about Turing's time at NPL

Below is a selection of recent media coverage of the Turing Centenary that describes some of the pioneering work Alan Turing carried out at NPL and other organisations:

Last Updated: 25 Jun 2012
Created: 22 Jun 2012


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