"There isn't a discipline in science that Turing has not had an impact upon."
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Andrew Miller MP
Royal Society of Chemistry's Parliamentary Links Day, 28 June 2011
On the naming of Technology and Innovation Centres.
|Collection:||20th Anniversary of the Isaac Newton Institute|
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|Abstract:||The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has recommended the Government’s new Technology and Innovation Centres (TICs) be named after Alan Turing. The Government has committed £200 million to the network of TICs, an elite network of research and development intensive centres. A report by the committee has made a number of recommendations about the centres - including they be called “Turing Centres” after the founder of computer science. “We consider that this country owes him a debt of obligation for the way in which he was treated,” the committee said in its report.
Committee chair Andrew Miller MP said Turing had played a “significant role in the creation of the modern computer”. “He was an accomplished mathematician who was highly influential in the development of computer science. “It would be a fitting tribute to honour his contribution to the development of modern computing technology by naming the network of TICs ‘Turing Centres’,” Miller said.
Turing was a mathematician and computer scientist. He provided a formalisation of the concept of the algorithm and computation with the "Turing machine" which played a significant role in the creation of the modern computer. He is also known for his work as a cryptographer at Bletchley Park during the Second World War.
IET full news article @ http://eandt.theiet.org/news/2011/feb/technology-centres.cfm
We're still debating what they should be called. Every Physicist said they should be called Clerk Maxwell Centre, every Bio-chemist said they should be the Francis Crick Centre (but we now have a Francis Crick Centre - good!). We decided that we would try to hit a happy compromise, being a collegiate committee, so we decided that The Turing Centres ought to be an appropriate name given that there isn't a discipline in science that Turing has not had an impact upon.
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