Andrew Hodges

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Andrew Hodges (born 1949) is a British mathematician and author.

Life and career[edit]

Hodges was born in London. Since the early 1970s, Hodges has worked on twistor theory, which is the approach to the problems of fundamental physics pioneered by Roger Penrose. He was also involved in gay liberation movement these times.[1]

Hodges is best known as the author of Alan Turing: The Enigma, the story of the British computer pioneer and codebreaker Alan Turing.[2] Critically acclaimed at the time — Donald Michie in New Scientist called it "marvellous and faithful"[3] — the book was chosen by Michael Holroyd as part of a list of 50 'essential' books (that were currently available in print) in The Guardian, 1 June 2002.[4]

Alan Turing: The Enigma formed the basis of Hugh Whitemore's 1986 stageplay Breaking the Code, which was adapted by for Television in 1996, with Derek Jacobi as Turing. The book was later made into the 2014 film The Imitation Game directed by Morten Tyldum, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing.[5] The script for The Imitation Game won Graham Moore an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 87th Academy Awards in 2015.

Hodges is also the author of works that popularize science and mathematics.

He is a Tutorial Fellow in mathematics at Wadham College, Oxford University.[6] Having taught at Wadham since 1986, Hodges was elected a Fellow in 2007, and was appointed Dean from start of the 2011/2012 academic year.


  • With Downcast Gays: Aspects of Homosexual Self-oppression, Pink Triangle Press, 1977. ISBN 0-920430-00-7.
  • Alan Turing: The Enigma, Vintage edition 1992, first published by Burnett Books Ltd, 1983. ISBN 0-09-911641-3.
  • One to Nine: The Inner Life of Numbers, Short Books, London, 2007. ISBN 1-904977-75-8.


  1. ^ Smith, Nick. "The Imitation Game: the author of the book of the film". The Institution of Engineering and Technology. Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  2. ^ Andrew Hodges, Alan Turing: The Enigma — Notes by the author.
  3. ^ Michie, Donald (9 February 1984). "A loner, a misfit, a genius". New Scientist. London: New Science Publications. pp. 36–37. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  4. ^ A library for all seasons, The Guardian, 1 June 2002
  5. ^ "The Imitation Game". Time Out London. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Andrew Hodges". Wadham College, Oxford. Retrieved 18 Dec 2014. 

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