The Imitation Game: 10 surprising facts about Bletchley Park genius Alan Turing

The life and work of Alan Turing is being commemorated in a new film, The Imitation Game, which is being released in the UK on 14 November.

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, the films tells of Turing’s work at Bletchley Park during World War Two, where he was integral in helping the Allies crack the Enigma coding machine, and ultimately win the war.

However, it also focuses on the darker aspects of Turing’s life, chiefly his appalling treatment at the hands of the UK government for his homosexuality, which ultimately led to his suicide.

To celebrate the launch of the film and Turing’s legacy, V3 has put together a list of some of the fascinating, surprising and amusing facts about the great man you may not have known.

10. Turing’s birthplace in Maida Vale is commemorated with a blue plaque

Turing’s parents originally lived in India, as his father was a member of the Indian Civil Service, but on discovering that they were to have a child, they looked to return to the UK as they wanted their children to grow up in England.

They moved to Maida Vale and it was here that Turing was born on 23 June 1912. The site is now commemorated by a blue plaque (pictured below).

There is also a plaque on his home in Wilmslow in Cheshire marking his time in the building.

Blue plaque commemorating Alan Turing birth place - photo courtesy Simon Harriyott

Photo by Simon Harriyott

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14 November 2014 | 3:01 pm – Source:


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