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A Turing Enigma

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I describe my investigations into the highly-secret role that Alan Tur- ing played during World War II, after his pre-war theoretical work on computabil- ity and the concept of a universal machine, in the development of the world’s first electronic computers. These investigations resulted in my obtaining and publish- ing, in 1972, some limited information about Turing’s contributions to the work on code-breaking machines at Bletchley Park, the fore-runner of the UK Gov- ernment Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). Some years later I was able to obtain permission to compile and publish the first officially-authorised account of the work, led by T.H. (Tommy) Flowers at the Post Office Dollis Hill Research Station, on the construction of a series of special purpose electronic computers for Bletchley Park, computers that made a vital contribution to the Allied war effort.

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Author(s): Randell B

Editor(s): Koutny, M., Ulidowski, I.

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: CONCUR 2012 - Concurrency Theory: 23rd International Conference

Year of Conference: 2012

Pages: 23-36

Date deposited: 27/02/2013

ISSN: 0302-9743

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-32940-1_3

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Series Title: Lecture Notes in Computer Science

Series Editor(s): Ausiello, G., Sassone, V.

ISBN: 9783642329395