The Emotions Of Alan Turing
Alan Turing is rightly placed by Time Magazine as one of the ‘100 most important scientists and thinkers’ of the last century (Time magazine, 1999). His reach is well into this, the 21st century. Turing lived to understand the human brain, its thought processes and launching the science of engineering a machine to think. He died an emotionally complex and psychologically wounded man. As a child, he had “an extraordinary gift for winning the affection of maids and landladies” (Sara Turing, 2012). As an adult, he was unpretentious, at times moody; he could be generous to his own detriment – the instance of lending money to Arnold Murray, the acquaintance and lover who brought about the burglary and Alan’s downfall (Hodges, 1992; John Turing, 2012). Alan Turing could also leave a grown man in tears (his research student Robin Gandy) through criticism (Hodges, 1992). A scientist with a good sense of humour Alan cared little about how his sporadic scruffy appearance might seem to others (John Turing, 2012).