Alan Turing (1912-54)

Turing is best-known for helping decipher the code created by German Enigma machines in the Second World War, and for being one of the founders of computer science and artificial intelligence.



This digital archive contains many of Turing's letters, transcriptions of talks, photographs and unpublished papers, as well as memoirs and obituaries written about him. It contains images of the original documents that are held in the Turing collection at King's College, Cambridge.

A diagram from Turing's notes on morphogenesis

A diagram from Turing's notes on morphogenesis (AMT/K/3)

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We can only see a short distance ahead,
but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.

Alan Turing (AMT/B/19 image 28)

The Exclusion Principle is laid down purely
for the benefit of the electrons themselves,
who might be corrupted (and become dragons or demons)
if allowed to associate too freely.

Alan Turing (AMT/D/4 image 18)