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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. He is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence.Born in Maida Vale, London, Turing was raised in southern England. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alan Turing has received more than 29,110,066 page views. His biography is available in 146 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 144 in 2019). Alan Turing is the most popular computer scientist, the 19th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 21st 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 201After him are Grace Hopper, Tim Berners-Lee, Richard Stallman, Lotfi A. Zadeh, Dennis Ritchie, Donald Knuth, Edsger W. Dijkstra, Niklaus Wirth, George Dantzig, Linus Torvalds, and John McCarthy.

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Among people born in 1912, Alan Turing ranks 1After him are Kim Il-sung, Pope John Paul I, Eva Braun, Milton Friedman, Wernher von Braun, Jackson Pollock, Erich Honecker, Otto von Habsburg, Michelangelo Antonioni, Heinrich Harrer, and John Cage. Among people deceased in 1954, Alan Turing ranks 2Before him is Frida Kahlo. After him are Henri Matisse, Enrico Fermi, Heinz Guderian, Colette, Robert Capa, Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist, Princess Märtha of Sweden, André Derain, Getúlio Vargas, and Alcide De Gasperi.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Alan Turing ranks 19 out of 7,765Before him are Henry VIII of England (1491), Queen Victoria (1819), Thomas Hobbes (1588), Richard III of England (1452), Michael Faraday (1791), and Agatha Christie (1890). After him are Margaret Thatcher (1925), Alexander Graham Bell (1847), Mary I of England (1516), Alfred Hitchcock (1899), Richard I of England (1157), and Charles Dickens (1812).


Among computer scientists born in United Kingdom, Alan Turing ranks 1After him are Tim Berners-Lee (1955), Edgar F. Codd (1923), Maurice Wilkes (1913), James H. Wilkinson (1919), Geoffrey Hinton (1947), Stephen Wolfram (1959), Karen Spärck Jones (1935), Robin Milner (1934), Gary McKinnon (1966), Bill Moggridge (1943), and Richard Garriott (1961).