Jack Copeland

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Jack Copeland
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Born Brian Jack Copeland
1950 (age 66–67)
United Kingdom
Residence Christchurch, New Zealand
Nationality British
Fields Philosophy, logic
Institutions University of Plymouth
University of Canterbury
Alma mater Corpus Christi College, Oxford
Doctoral advisor Dana Scott[1]
Known for Study of Alan Turing.

Brian Jack Copeland (born 1950) is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, and author of books on the computing pioneer Alan Turing.

His education includes a BPhil and a DPhil from the University of Oxford in philosophy, where he undertook research on modal and non-classical logic under the supervision of Dana Scott.[2]

Jack Copeland is the Director of the Turing Archive for the History of Computing,[3] an extensive online archive on the computing pioneer Alan Turing. He has also written and edited books on Turing. He is one of the people responsible for identifying the concept of hypercomputation and machines more capable than Turing machines.

Copeland has held visiting professorships at the University of Sydney, Australia (1997, 2002), the University of Aarhus, Denmark (1999), the University of Melbourne, Australia (2002, 2003), and the University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom (1997–2005). In 2000, he was a Senior Fellow in the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology[4] at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States.

He is also President of the US Society for Machines and Mentality[5] and a member of the UK Bletchley Park Trust Heritage Advisory Panel. He is the founding editor of The Rutherford Journal, established in 2005.

Copeland was awarded Lecturer of the Year 2010 by the University of Canterbury's student union.[6]



  1. ^ Jack Copeland at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ "John Copeland". Mathematics Genealogy Project. North Dakota State University. Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Turing Archive for the History of Computing". 
  4. ^ "Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology". USA: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 
  5. ^ Society for Machines and Mentality, USA.
  6. ^ "CANTA survey" (PDF). New Zealand: UCSA. March 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 February 2013. 
  7. ^ Coutinho, S. C. (March 2006). "The essential Turing, Copeland Jack (ed). Pp. 613. £50 (hbk). £14.99 (pbk). 2004. ISBN 0 19 825079 7 (hbk); ISBN 0 19 825080 0 (pbk) (Oxford University Press)". The Mathematical Gazette. 90 (517). Cambridge University Press. pp. 185–186. doi:10.1017/S0025557200179513. 
  8. ^ Ferry, Georgina (29 July 2006). "The Colossus of codes: Georgina Ferry on four new books that tackle the story of Bletchley Park's other decryption machine". The Guardian. UK. 
  9. ^ a b Smith, Alvy Ray (September 2014). "His Just Deserts: A Review of Four Books" (PDF). Notices of the AMS. American Mathematical Society. pp. 891–895. 
  10. ^ Moriarty, Tom (18 January 2015). "Turing: Pioneer of the Information Age, by Jack Copeland". The Irish Times. 
  11. ^ Hughes, Colin (Summer 2016). "Review Essay: B. Jack Copeland, Turing: Pioneer of the Information Age (Oxford University Press, 2012)". Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture. 15 (2–3). 
  12. ^ Añel, Juan A. (9 September 2013). "Turing: Pioneer of the Information Age, by B. Jack Copeland". Contemporary Physics. 54 (5). doi:10.1080/00107514.2013.836246Colin. 
  13. ^ Robinson, Andrew (4 January 2017). "The Turing Guide: Last words on an enigmatic codebreaker?". New Scientist. 

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