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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Alan Turing Memorial Sackville Park

Alan Turing (1912-1954), the mathematical genius who helped to crack the German Enigma codes in World War II and is thought of as a progenitor of computer science and artificial intelligence, is honoured by a statue in Sackville Park in Manchester.

Alan Turing Memorial Sackville Park, Manchester


Turing moved to take up a position at Manchester University in 1949 where he worked on the development of a digital computer. In 1952 Turing admitted his homosexuality, which was in those days a crime in the UK and underwent a "treatment" involving the injection of the female hormone oestrogen.

Alan Turing Memorial


Turing was found dead in his home in 1954, with a half-eaten apple by his bedside, and was thought to have committed suicide by ingesting cyanide. His mother believed it was an accident caused by his work with dangerous chemicals.

The statue of Alan Turing was unveiled in 2001 and its location in Sackville Park is close to Manchester University and the city's gay village.

Sackville Park, Manchester


The statue shows Turing seated holding an apple in his hand, the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge and possibly the agent of his death. A plaque at his feet reads: "Father of computer science, mathematician, logician, wartime codebreaker, victim of prejudice."

Sackville Park map

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