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Roger Highfield, Director of External Affairs, reflects on Benedict Cumberbatch’s recent visit to the Science Museum to prepare for his role as Alan Turing in a new film, The Imitation Game. Book tickets for a special preview screening at the Science Museum’s IMAX next week.

A posthumous pardon has been granted to the great mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and philosopher, reports Roger Highfield, Director of External Affairs Alan Turing, the wartime codebreaker who laid the mathematical foundations of the modern computer, has been granted a posthumous pardon by the Queen for his criminal conviction for homosexuality. A Royal pardon is usually only granted where a person has been found innocent of an offence and a request has been made by a family member. This unusual move […]

To celebrate Alan Turing’s birthday this week, curator David Rooney gave the #TuringTour, a tweeted live tour of our Codebreaker exhibition. The full tour can be seen here, but we’ve pick out a few highlights for you below… Our #TuringTour starts with Pilot ACE, probably the most significant #Turing object ever — Science Museum (@sciencemuseum) June 18, 2013 Pilot ACE is the computer #Turing designed, and was in its day, the fastest computer in existence #TuringTour — Science Museum (@sciencemuseum) […]

Curator David Rooney is preparing to take our Twitter followers on a rather unique tour. Last June, we opened our Codebreaker exhibition, which reveals the life and legacy of a truly remarkable man, Alan Turing. The opening coincided with Turing’s 100th birthday, and over the last 12 months it has been a pleasure to read your comments and welcome so many of you to our exhibition. To anticipate Turing’s birthday this year, I’ll be giving a live tour of the […]

A number of leading scientific figures, including Professor Stephen Hawking and Sir Paul Nurse (both Science Museum Fellows), have called on the Prime Minister to posthumously pardon British mathematician and codebreaker, Alan Turing, in a letter to the Daily Telegraph published this morning.