The giving side of Alan Turing
Welcome to Maths 20th November 2019
Alan Turing is a name all mathematics students at The University of Manchester will be aware of – not least because the Department of Mathematics’ home, the Alan Turing Building, is named after him.
Turing is remembered as a genius mathematician, perhaps best known for helping to break the Enigma code in the Second World War. But how many people know about the philanthropic side of Turing, and his insistence on helping others less fortunate?
Did you know, for instance, that Turing sponsored a teenage Jewish boy from Austria who was attempting to flee Nazi oppression just prior to the outbreak of World War II? Or that he provided financial support to a woman performing voluntary work in Africa?
The Faculty of Science and Engineering’s blog The Hub has delved into this aspect of his life in a new post, unearthing examples of Turing’s generous spirit. In it, Alan Turing’s nephew Dermot Turing discusses how his uncle used what little financial means he had to assist those in need.
Read the full post on The Hub.
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