Righting the wrongs? The legacy of Alan Turing

Righting the wrongs? The legacy of Alan Turing

12th November 2016 @ 12:00pm

To accompany the Royal Exchange’s major revival of BREAKING THE CODE, this lively, informal conversation event brings together a diverse range of panellists including Oxford University mathematician and writer Andrew Hodges, whose 1983 biography of Turing brought together all the aspects of Turing’s life and work and was the basis for Hugh Whitemore’s BREAKING THE CODE.

Andrew will be joined by JAMES HOPKINS, University Historian and Heritage Manager from the University of Manchester and sociologist MEGAN TODD from the University of Central Lancashire.

In the years since his untimely death, the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence has become a national and civic hero. His wartime and intellectual legacies mean that Manchester boasts an award, a road, a statue, and a university building named after him. Increasingly, he has become an LGBT icon as his personal story of suffering from discriminatory laws and practices has become better known.

How have the City and our wider society dealt with the treatment he and others received because of their sexuality? What can we learn from the Turing legacy?

There will be time for questions from the audience and a bookstall. Andrew Hodges will be happy to sign copies of Alan Turing: The Enigma.