Alan Turing

1912 - 1954

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Alan Mathison Turing (; 23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954) was an English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher and theoretical biologist. Turing was highly influential in the development of theoretical computer science, providing a formalisation of the concepts of algorithm and computation with the Turing machine, which can be considered a model of a general-purpose computer. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alan Turing has received more than 33,687,098 page views. His biography is available in 153 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 146 in 2019). Alan Turing is the most popular computer scientist, the 24th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 19th in 2019) and the most popular British Computer Scientist.

Alan Turing was a British mathematician and computer scientist who is most famous for his work on breaking the German Enigma code during World War II.

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Among computer scientists, Alan Turing ranks 1 out of 245After him are Grace Hopper, Tim Berners-Lee, Richard Stallman, Niklaus Wirth, Dennis Ritchie, Edsger W. Dijkstra, Donald Knuth, John McCarthy, Lotfi A. Zadeh, Linus Torvalds, and Andrew S. Tanenbaum.

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Among people born in 1912, Alan Turing ranks 2Before him is Kim Il-sung. After him are Pope John Paul I, Eva Braun, Erich Honecker, Milton Friedman, Wernher von Braun, Otto von Habsburg, Jackson Pollock, Michelangelo Antonioni, János Kádár, and Millvina Dean. Among people deceased in 1954, Alan Turing ranks 3Before him are Frida Kahlo, and Henri Matisse. After him are Enrico Fermi, Heinz Guderian, Robert Capa, Princess Märtha of Sweden, Colette, Getúlio Vargas, Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist, Alcide De Gasperi, and André Derain.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Alan Turing ranks 24 out of 8,785Before him are Stephen Hawking (1942), Richard I of England (1157), Michael Faraday (1791), Henry VIII of England (1491), Agatha Christie (1890), and Thomas Hobbes (1588). After him are Mary II of England (1662), Mick Jagger (1943), Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (1947), Charles Dickens (1812), Margaret Thatcher (1925), and Anne Boleyn (1501).


Among computer scientists born in United Kingdom, Alan Turing ranks 1After him are Tim Berners-Lee (1955), Edgar F. Codd (1923), Maurice Wilkes (1913), Geoffrey Hinton (1947), James H. Wilkinson (1919), Robin Milner (1934), Karen Spärck Jones (1935), Stephen Wolfram (1959), Richard Garriott (1961), Paul Graham (1964), and David Marr (1945).