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Fwd: IP: Statue of a computer scientist

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Brian Randell <[log in to unmask]>

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Brian Randell <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 26 Jun 2001 15:32:22 +0100

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>>               Copyright 2001 Newspaper Publishing PLC
>>                        The Independent (London)
>>
>>                        June 23, 2001, Saturday
>>
>>SECTION: NEWS; Pg. 12
>>
>>LENGTH: 195 words
>>
>>HEADLINE: CONQUEROR OF ENIGMA CODE FINALLY HONOURED
>>
>>BYLINE: Paul Francis
>>
>>BODY:
>>ALAN TURING, the national hero who broke the Nazi's enigma code and is
>>credited with turning the tide of the World War Two, is to be honoured
>>with a life-size statute.
>>
>>The bronze monument, which will be unveiled today, comes almost 50
>>years after the brilliant scientist was driven to suicide by
>>persecution over his homosexuality. Five years after its inception,
>>the pounds 20,000 sculpture of Turing sitting on a bench holding an
>>apple will be displayed in Manchester's Sackville Park in the city
>>centre.
>>
>>The mathematical genius became a national hero after his involvement
>>in World War Two, he also helped invent the inaugural computer, at
>>Manchester University, but was persecuted and prosecuted for his
>>homosexuality. He committed suicide in 1954 by eating a poisoned
>>apple.
>>
>>Many believe Turing has never been recognised properly for his
>>outstanding contribution to science. But Glyn Hughes, the statue's
>>creator, is confident that Turing has finally earned his rightful
>>place in the history books. Hughes, from Adlington near Chorley, said:
>>"It's stunningly realistic. I'm sure it will go a dirty black over
>>time, but it looks wonderful today."
>>
>>GRAPHIC: Glyn Hughes' sculpture of the wartime hero, Alan Turing, will
>>be unveiled in Manchester today Paul Burrows

--
Dept. of Computing Science, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne,
NE1 7RU, UK
EMAIL = [log in to unmask]   PHONE = +44 191 222 7923
FAX = +44 191 222 8232  URL = http://www.cs.ncl.ac.uk/~brian.randell/

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