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Alan Turing

Alan Turing is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. He was a brilliant computer scientist, mathematician, 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.

During the Second World War,  Turing played a pivotal role in cracking intercepted coded messages that enabled the Allies to defeat the Nazis in many crucial engagements, including the Battle of the Atlantic. In doing so he played a central role, helping the Allies win the war.

One of Turing’s most famous quotes states:

Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of, who do the things no one can imagine.