Turing Institute to be set up to honour hero

Bletchley Park
Bletchley Park

A new research institute will be set up in honour of Bletchley Park codebreaker Alan Turing

The news was welcomed by MP for Milton Keynes South, Iain Stewart who said it was great to see Turing ‘getting the praise and recognition he has always deserved.’

Universities will now be asked to bid to be the home of the new institute to develop applications for the increasingly vast amounts of data now routinely collected and stored.

Mr Stewart said: “This is a great announcement from the government. This follows the news back in December that Alan Turing would receive a royal pardon. It is great to see him getting the praise and recognition he has always deserved.”

George Osborne told the House of Commons during this year’s budget the new Turing Institute will be launched with five years of government support. It will be part of a £222 million funding package that aims to get the most out of commercially scientific advances.

Mr Stewart added: “I am glad to see the government looking at research and development with such intent. There are few better people to put a name to it than Alan Turing.”

Campaigner, Sam Crooks, agreed with the plans. He said: “I think this is a great opportunity for the city. Bletchley Park and Cambridge, which is where Turing worked before he went there, could get together for it to be located at either Cambridge or Bletchley Park.”