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Andrew Hodges
Andrew Philip Hodges

1949 (age 74–75)
London, England
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
Alma materBirkbeck, University of London (PhD)
Known forAlan Turing: The Enigma
Scientific career
Twistor theory
InstitutionsUniversity of Oxford
ThesisThe Description of Mass within the Theory of Twistors (1975)
Doctoral advisorRoger Penrose[1]
Websitewww.synth.co.uk Edit this at Wikidata

Andrew Philip Hodges (/ˈhɒɪz/ HOJ-iz; born 1949) is a British mathematician, author and emeritus senior research fellow at Wadham College, Oxford.[2]


Hodges was born in London in 1949[citation needed] and educated at Birkbeck, University of London, where he was awarded his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1975[3] for research on twistor theory supervised by Roger Penrose.[1]

Career and research[edit]

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 the gay liberation movement during this time.[4]

Hodges is best known as the author of Alan Turing: The Enigma, his biography of the British computer pioneer and codebreaker Alan Turing.[5] The book was critically acclaimed when it was first published in 1983, with Donald Michie in New Scientist calling it "marvellous and faithful".[6] In June 2002 it was chosen by Michael Holroyd for inclusion in a list of 50 "essential" books (available in print at the time) in The Guardian.[7]

Alan Turing: The Enigma formed the basis of Hugh Whitemore's 1986 stage play Breaking the Code, which was adapted 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.[8][9] 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 popularise science and mathematics.[citation needed]

He is an emeritus tutorial fellow in mathematics at Wadham College, Oxford.[2][10] Having taught at Wadham since 1986, Hodges was elected a Fellow in 2007, and was appointed Dean of Wadham College from the start of the 2011/2012 academic year.[citation needed]

In 2014 he joined the Pet Shop Boys on stage at the Royal Albert Hall for a standing ovation following the world premiere of A The Man from the Future[11] at The Proms.[12]



  1. ^ a b Andrew Hodges at the Mathematics Genealogy Project Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Prof. Andrew Hodges". maths.ox.ac.uk.
  3. ^ Hodges, Andrew Philip (1975). The Description of Mass within the Theory of Twistors. london.ac.uk (PhD thesis). Birkbeck, University of London. OCLC 500473477. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.459296.
  4. ^ Smith, Nick. "The Imitation Game: the author of the book of the film". The Institution of Engineering and Technology. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  5. ^ Hodges, Andrew. "Alan Turing: The Enigma — Notes by the author". turing.org.uk.
  6. ^ Michie, Donald (9 February 1984). "A loner, a misfit, a genius". newscientist.com. London: New Scientist. pp. 36–37. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  7. ^ A library for all seasons, The Guardian, 1 June 2002
  8. ^ "Inspiring 'The Imitation Game'". Archived from the original on 11 February 2022. Retrieved 11 February 2022.
  9. ^ "The Imitation Game". timeout.com. Time Out London. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  10. ^ "Andrew Hodges". Archived from the original on 22 April 2021. Retrieved 11 February 2022.
  11. ^ "A Man from the Future – Pet Shop Boys – Theatre & Film".
  12. ^ "Pet Shop Boys and Proms for Wadham Fellow". Archived from the original on 11 February 2022. Retrieved 11 February 2022.
  13. ^ With Downcast Gays: Aspects of Homosexual Self-Oppression Pink Triangle Press, 1977. ISBN 0-920430-00-7
  14. ^ Alan Turing: The Enigma Vintage edition 1992, first published by Burnett Books Ltd, 1983. ISBN 0-09-911641-3
  15. ^ One to Nine: The Inner Life of Numbers Short Books, London, 2007. ISBN 1-904977-75-8