As you may have seen, some key papers from British computer scientist and wartime codebreaker Alan Turing are up for auction today at Christie’s in London. Dr Turing is a hero to many of us at Google for his pioneering work on algorithms and the development of computer science.
Dr Sue Black, a computer scientist at University College London and a key campaigner for Bletchley Park, explains: “The lot includes codebreaker Max Newman’s copies of many of Turing’s papers. Some of the papers have on them comments from Newman, a friend of Turing’s who testified in his defence at his trial. These papers belong at Bletchley Park, home of the codebreakers, and where these two codebreakers worked together side by side, helping to save millions of lives during World War II.”
Sue asked Google for support in purchasing the papers for Bletchley Park, to which Google agreed, and gave Bletchley Park $100,000 to help save Turing papers auctioned at Christie’s.