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ALAN TURING - Code Breaker

Alan Turing lived at 78 High Street Hampton from 1945 - 1947.


Alan Turing (1912-1954) was a British mathematician, computer scientist and cryptanalyst best known for spearheading the effort to break the German's Enigma machine during WWII. The film "The Imitation Game" is based on his life and efforts.

During the Second World War, Turing worked for the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) at Bletchley Park, Britain's code-breaking centre. For a time, he led Hut 8 - the section responsible for German naval cryptanalysis. He devised a number of techniques for breaking German ciphers, including improvements to the pre-war Polish bombe method and an electro-mechanical machine that could find settings for the Enigma machine.


Turing played a pivotal role in cracking intercepted coded messages that enabled the Allies to defeat the Nazis in many crucial engagements, including the Battle of the Atlantic; it has been estimated that this work shortened the war in Europe by as many as two to four years.

A German Enigma Machine

The interior of Turings 'bombe'

Books written by Alan Turing 

  • Computing Machinery and Intelligence


  • The Essential Turing 


  • Mechanical Intelligence


  • Pure Mathematics - 1992


  • Morphogenesis - 1992


Some books written about Alan Turing

  •  The Man Who Knew Too Much - David Leavitt


  • Alan Turing: His work and Impact - S.Barry Cooper and J. van Leeuwen


  • Alan Turing: The Enigma Man  - Nigel Cawthorne


  • Alan Turing's Electronic Brain - Jack Copeland and others


  • Alan Turing Decoded - Dermot Turing


  • Alan Turing: The Enigma - Andrew Hodges

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