Monday, August 17, 2009

The Alan M. Turing Endowment

I've done a few newspaper and radio interviews about my Alan Turing petition and I've been asked a couple of times about how to honour Turing's memory. Since I fully don't expect the British Government to actually apologize, I have an alternative suggestion.

Currently, Bletchley Park (where Turing broke the Nazi Enigma code) and The National Museum of Computing (which is inside the Bletchley Park grounds) receive no government money for their upkeep.

It would be an appropriate way to honour Alan Turing by creating an endowment to keep these two organizations going. Given his contribution to both it would be fitting that in one place we could talk about his computing work and code breaking work.

And it's about time the British Government stumped up to help pay for the upkeep of these two important treasures. Without Bletchley Park and Alan Turing I'd likely be writing this in German :-)

And the computer I write this post on follows the rules that Turing laid down.

1 comment:

Huma Shah said...

Dear Mr Graham-Cumming, the Turing Centenary Advisory Committee (TCAC) has been set up to celebrate the centenary of Alan Turing's birth (23.6.1912) in 2012. A number of events are being organised to commemorate this genius (including a special Bletchley Park Turing day organised by Professor Kevin Warwick and myself).

Why don't you join TCAC? The Chair of this committee is Professor S. Barry Cooper, please see this link: http://www.turingcentenary.eu/