We trust you have already heard of Alan Turing, the scientist and mathematician who laid the foundations of computer science, and who also saved millions of lives through his wartime work.
But how much do you really know about his story? This quiz should test your knowledge, and maybe tell you some things you didn’t know.
No spoilers, off we go!
Turing was an Englishman, but in which country was he conceived?
- The USA
Turing was a pioneer of computing. Which of the following early models did he design?
- The Colossus
- The ACE
- The Manchester Mark I
In 1936, while still only 23, Turing wrote a paper, "On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem" which proved that any mathematical problem can be solved by a simple theoretical devices. What are these devices now known as?
- Universal Machines
- Difference Engines
- Turing Machines
Turing got his first degree from Cambridge, but where did he get his PhD?
Alan Turing worked on ways to decipher the German Enigma Code. How did his work help shorten World War II?
- By revealing U-Boat movements
- By allowing the allies to predict Nazi air raids
- By exposing Nazi invasion plans
Alan Turing was also an accomplished athlete, who tried out for the 1948 London Olympics. In which sport?
- Marathon running
Turing's death was a tragedy, and a British Prime Minister has made an apology for his treatment as a homosexual. Which prime minister?
- Tony Blair
- Gordon Brown
- David Cameron
TRUE or FALSE? Hounded for his sexuality, Turing killed himself with a poisoned apple. Steve Jobs paid tribute to him with Apple's rainbow logo.
Our picture shows a statue erected to Turing's memory. Which of the following locations does NOT have a Turing statue?
- Bletchley Park
- The University of Surrey
Turing proposed the famous "Turing Test" in a 1950 paper on Artificial Intelligence. Where is the concept in daily use?
- Chip-and-PIN credit cards
- HTTPS encryption
- The spam-blocking CAPTCHA service
What storage technology was Turing involved in the development of?
- Mercury delay lines
- Magnetic tape
- Cathode tube memory
- Magnetic core memory
In the 1980s, a play, Breaking The Code, ran in London's West End and on Broadway. Who played Alan Turing?
- Ian McKellen
- Kenneth Branagh
- Derek Jacobi
Since 1966, the Turing Award has been computing's answer to the Nobel Prize. Which organisation awards it?
- The British Computr Society
- The Association for Computing Machinery
- The Institute of Engineering and Technology
- The London Mathematical Society
A computer is buried under one of the Turing statues. What brand is it?
In the later years of the war, Turing worked on a system for secure voice communications. What was it called?
Do not despair. If you are a human with a low knowledge of Turing, that is easily solved with the excellent books and websites avaialble. We recommend Alan Turing: the Enigma by Andrew Hodges.
If you are a program that has been given insufficient data, terminate yourself now.
What we want to know is.... are you human or machine?
Either you are a super-intelligent robot whose responses show you have absorbed all public data about Turing... or you are a human who fully understands the history of the computing industry