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Blue Plaque - Alan Turing - Hampton High Street


This Blue Plaque memorial to mathematician, computer scientist and cryptographer Alan Turing is not in central London, but in the South West suburb of Hampton, when he worked at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, after World War 2.

Whilst at NPL Alan Turing designed a ACE general purpose computer in 1946, a scaled down working model of which called Pilot ACE is now in the Science Museum in South Kensington.

Ivy House
78 High Street
TW12 2SW

See Andrew Hodges'
The Alan Turing Internet Scrapbook for more details of other such memorials, Blue Plaques and statues etc.

GPS grid coordinates:
Latitude: (WGS84) N51:24:55 ( 51.415151 )
Longitude: (WGS84) W0:21:33 ( -0.359262 )

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Science Museum - The Difference Engine & The Science of Spying


Science Museum
Exhibition Road
South Kensington


GPS grid coordinates:
Latitude: (WGS84) N51:29:51 ( 51.497488 )
Longitude: (WGS84) W0:10:28 ( -0.174507 )

Apart from the general Computing section, there is special CyberPunk interest in the working model of Charles Babbage's mechanical computing device, the Difference Engine, which is on display.

Ada, Countess of Lovelace, was one of the first "computer programmers" who helped Charles Babbage to program his prototypes.

Both of these historical figures also featured in William Gibson and Bruce Sterling's "SteamPunk" novel The Difference Engine

The main Computing display also includes a scaled down working model of a machine called Pilot ACE. This was was Alan Turing Blue Plaque in Hampton High Street, in the outer London suburb of Richmond, which is where he lived during that period.

Alan Turing was also one of the pioneers of computer based Artificial Intelligence, giving us the Turing Test, so popular in science fiction. The "Turing Institute", which supposedly regulated advanced Artificial Intelligences (AIs) , features in WIlliam Gibson's famous CyberPunk novel Neuromancer

The Science Museum also has an example of the hand cranked Curta Calculator, as featured in William Gibson's Pattern Recognition

Also, The Science of Spying exhibition (until 2nd September), is aimed at children of all ages, and covers techniques and technologies of espionage and surveillance, and the basic science which supports them. [This exhibition is now closed]

Blue Plaque: Alan Turing


Alan Turing

Mathematical genius and code breaker, pioneer of computing and artificial intelligence. The Turing test is still the used to assess the progress of artificial machine intelligence towards simulating human intelligence.

The "Turing Institute", the "Turing police" etc. were terms used by William Gibson in Johnny Mnemonic and Neuromancer etc. to imply societal control mechanisms on uppity Artificial Intelligences (AIs) - not to be confused with the real life Turing Institute(s) set up later at various universities like Manchester or Glasgow etc.

The Blue Plaque memorial us at:

Collonade Hotel
2 Warrington Crescent,
Little Venice,
London W9 1ER


GPS grid coordinates:
Latitude: (WGS84) N51:31:28 ( 51.524317 )
Longitude: (WGS84) W0:11:05 ( -0.184635 )

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