New Zealand first to celebrate #Turing’s centenary

Alan Turing aged 5

As ever New Zealand is the first country on the planet to see in the new day. It therefore gives me great pleasure to be the first person on earth to say,   “Happy Birthday Alan!

   There are so many reasons why we are celebrating your centenary, and there are so many more people who have yet to learn of your remarkable achievements and of your legacy – we’ll not stop celebrating until 2012 is all done. Our celebrations though are tinged with sadness – almost a collective guilt for how poorly our society eventually treated you.
   However, today let’s dwell on happy memories – a photograph of a 5 year old boy modeling a new sailor suit for a birthday portrait. I expect we can asume that Sara, his proud mother, was watching her “beautiful boy” being photographed. Imagine how proud she’d be now to know that whole world is celebrating her son’s genius!

For information about all the events and activities still to take place celebrating Turing’s centenary visit The Alan Turing Year.

from The Universal Machine


About driwatson
I'm a New Zealand author, computer scientist and blogger specialising in Artificial Intelligence. I also have an interest in the history of computing and have just written a popular science book called "The Universal Machine - from the dawn of computing to digital consciousness."

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