National Museum of Computing part of three museum talks to celebrate Alan Turing

Alan Turing statue with artist Stephen Kettle
Alan Turing statue with artist Stephen Kettle

ONE of the worlds pre-eminient computer historians is set to give a talk at The National Museum of Computing as part of an international event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing.

Professor Simon Lavington will speak on ‘Turing and his contemporaries’ at the Bletchley Park based museum on April 26.

It will be one of three events taking part in the coming months to celebrate the life of a man often regarded as the father of computer science.

The other two talks will take place at The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California and the Heinz Nixdorf Museum in Paderborn, Gerrmany. George Dyson, author of Turing’s Cathedral, will speak in America on March 7, while Horst Zuse, son of computer pioneer Konrad Zuse, will host the lecture in Germany on May 26.

Members of the public are being asked to pose questions to all three speakers in advance and the events will be recorded via a live Twitter feed.

It is planned that Professor Lavington’s talk will include vintage and recent footage of two of Mr Turing’s colleagues recalling the pioneering days when he worked at Bletchley Park as a codebreaker during World War Two.

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