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Biography Alan Mathison Turing Alan Mathison Turing was surrounded by enigma not only did he break many cryptic codes but he also lived a mysterious life Turing was born on June 23 1912 in Paddington London to Julius Mathison and Ethel Sara Turing Turings father Julius was an officer in the British administration in India when he decided that his son would be raised in England Turing had an older brother named John who also had a childhood determined by the demands of the class and the exile in India of his parents Alan and his older brother lived among various English foster homes while they were children until 1926 when their father retired from India While raised in foster homes Alan was not encouraged nor shown any support yet through his own curiosity and imagination he found a deep underlying passion for science primarily in chemistry experiments Later he went on to other areas of science Alan became more and more enthralled with science and his mother worried that he would not be accepted to Sherbourne an English public school because he was so much of a scientific specialist But in 1926 Alan was granted admittance to the public school However after a short while the Headmaster reported to his mother that if Alan was solely a scientific specialist that he was wasting his time Many other teachers also felt the same was as the Headmaster In 1928 Turing became interested in relativity and it was at this time that Alan met Christopher Morcom and everything changed for him And it was Morcoms death that prompted Turing to get further involved and motivated to do what Morcom could not Turing questioned how the human mind was embodied in matter and whether this matter was released after death This led him to study twentieth century physics where Alan began to question whether quantum mechanical theory affected the state and his questions of mind and
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