The Strange Life and Death of Dr Turing (1992)

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In June 1954, at the age of 41, Dr. Alan Turing a renowned British mathematician and pioneering computer scientist was found dead of cyanide poisoning. At the outbreak of World War II, he was recruited into the Department of Communications, where he helped to break the code used by the German Enigma machine. In 1950, he wrote a paper called "Computer Machinery and Intelligence" which proposed a clear and definitive test to decide what would constitute a 'thinking machine' - a test that has still to be passed. Openly homosexual, he was convicted of gross indecency in 1952 and forced to undergo hormone therapy. Two years later, he committed suicide.

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