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November 23, 2010

Google gets behind Turing papers bid with $100K

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by Darren Allan

Google has opened its wallet in the cause of keeping Alan Turing’s research notes public.

The famous code-breakers’ papers are going on auction at Christie’s right about now, and Google has donated $100,000 to Bletchley Park who is bidding to keep them public and on display.

If they go to a private collector, the fear is Turing’s work will never be seen again. Although Bletchley will need a lot more than sixty grand to snag them, as the estimated value of the notes is around £500,000.

Gareth Halfacree, a technology journalist who organised support for Bletchley’s bid, told the Guardian: “The likely bidders are tech companies from Silicon Valley, just months after going public. It’s the sort of thing they’d like to have on their wall. I just hope whoever buys it donates the papers to Bletchley Park.”

We won’t be doing any breath holding here. During World War II, Turing worked as a code cracker at Bletchley Park, and after the war at the National Physical Laboratory. However, he died at the age of 41 in 1954, after being persecuted and indeed chemically castrated for being homosexual.

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  1. If they are foreign bidders than surely they can then be ban from leaving the country, as they of historical value an such items can be ban from going aboard.

    Comment by david Knowles — November 23, 2010 @ 5:31 pm

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