Alan Turing: Life, Work, Legacy

Date: 24 July 2017

Time: 19:00 – 20:30

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As part of the Gay UK: Love, Law and Liberty exhibition at The British Library, Jim Al-Khalili hosts an evening exploring the life, work and legacy of one of the greatest scientific minds.

Alan Turing (23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954)  is now celebrated for his crucial contribution to the Allied victory in WW2 and for being the genius mathematician who set the foundations of modern computing. However, during his lifetime he was a relatively obscure figure. A victim of the prevalent attitudes toward homosexuality, he was chemically castrated before dying at the age of 41. Jim Al-Khalili is joined by scientists and experts in an evening dedicated to Turing.

Jim Al-Khalili OBE is a British scientist, author and broadcaster. He is a professor of Physics, University of Surrey where he also holds a chair in the Public Engagement in Science. He has written many popular science books, between them translated into 26 languages and is a regular presenter of TV science documentaries. He is probably best known as presenter of the weekly BBC Radio 4 programme The Life Scientific.

Professor Andrew Hodges is Tutor in Mathematics, Wadham College, Oxford University. His book, Alan Turing: The Enigma (1983), since translated into several languages, created a new kind of biography, with mathematics, science, computing, war history, philosophy and gay liberation woven into a single personal narrative. He is an active contributor to the mathematics of fundamental physics.

Sir John Dermot Turing is the nephew of Alan Turing. His biography of his uncle, Prof: Alan Turing Decoded, was published in 2015. He is a Trustee of the Turing Trust and takes an active role in several Bletchley Park Trust Board committees.

Kirstie Whitaker is a research fellow at The Alan Turing Institute joining from a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Cambridge in the Department of Psychiatry. She is a Fulbright scholarship alumna and 2016/17 Mozilla Fellow for ScienceKirstie was named, with her collaborator Petra Vertes, as a 2016 Global Thinker by Foreign Policy magazine. Her focus at the Turing Institute is to improve the generalisability of research findings so they may be translated to the clinic and used by public health policy makers.

This event is in collaboration with The British Library.