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85. The strange life and death of Dr. Turing (1992)

The story of Alan Turing, regarded by many as the father of the modern digital computer. Highlights the importance of Turing’s early interest in logic and mathematics as well as his later work during the Second World War at Bletchley Park where he was involved in breaking the code used by the German Enigma encryption machines. Also covers Turing’s later interest in how the mind works, his homosexuality, his prosecution in 1952 for gross indecency and his ultimate suicide in 1954.

BBC Horizon 1992 (48 minutes.) Produced by Christopher Sykes. See his website or that of the British Universites Film & Video Council.

Part 1 (28 min.)


Part 2 (20 min.)