Alan Turing Year

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Alan Turing Year
Abbreviation ATY
Discipline Artificial intelligence
Cognitive science
Computer science
Developmental biology
Philosophy of mind
Publication details
Publisher Turing Centenary Advisory Committee
History 2012–

The Alan Turing Year, 2012, marks the celebration of the life and scientific influence of Alan Turing on the occasion of the centenary of his birth on 23 June 1912. Turing had an important influence on computing, computer science, artificial intelligence, developmental biology, and the mathematical theory of computability and made important contributions to code-breaking during the Second World War.

The international impact of Turing's work is reflected in the list of countries with planned celebrations for Alan Turing Year, including: Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, U.K. and the U.S.A.


David Chalmers on stage for the Turing 2012 conference at De La Salle University, Manila, March 27, 2012

A number of major events took place throughout the year. Most of these were linked to places with special significance in Turing’s life, such as Cambridge University, the University of Manchester, Bletchley Park, Princeton University, and the ACM from June to September 2012.

Events planned include the 2012 Computability in Europe conference, as well as Turing Centenary activities organized or sponsored by the British Computer Society, the Association for Symbolic Logic, British Colloquium for Theoretical Computer Science, the British Society for the History of Mathematics, the Association for Computing Machinery, British Logic Colloquium, Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour, the Computer Conservation Society, the Computer Society of India, the Bletchley Park Trust, the European Association for Computer Science Logic, the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science, International Association for Computing and Philosophy, the Department of Philosophy at De La Salle University-Manila, the John Templeton Foundation, the Kurt Gödel Society, the IEEE Symposium on Logic in Computer Science, the Science Museum, and Turing100in2012.[1] The Alan Turing Centenary Conference will also be held at the University of Manchester during June 2012.


The Turing Year is coordinated by the Turing Centenary Advisory Committee (TCAC), representing a range of expertise and organisational involvement in the 2012 celebrations. Members of TCAC include Honorary President, Sir John Dermot Turing; Chair, mathematician S. Barry Cooper; Turing's biographer Andrew Hodges;[2] Wendy Hall, first person from outside North America elected President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in July 2008; Simon Singh;[3] Hugh Loebner sponsor of the Loebner Prize for Artificial Intelligence (annual science contest based on the famous Turing test) and cyberneticist Kevin Warwick, author of 'March of the Machines' and 'I, Cyborg'.

International co-ordination of marketing and publicity are being handled by Daniela Derbyshire.


The Royal Mail is expected to issue a UK commemorative stamp for the Turing Centenary.


  1. ^ Turing100in2012.
  2. ^ Author of Hodges, Andrew (1992), Alan Turing: The Enigma, London: Vintage, ISBN 978-0-09-911641-7 
  3. ^ Author of: Singh S (October 1998). Fermat's Enigma. New York: Anchor Books. ISBN 978-0-385-49362-8. , on Fermat's Last Theorem and Singh, Simon (1999), The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography, London: Fourth Estate, pp. 143–189, ISBN 1-85702-879-1 

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