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February 25, 2011

Alan Turing’s notes saved by £200k donation

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by Darren Allan

You might remember that last November, Alan Turing hit the news headlines when his notes went up for auction at Christie’s.

The fear was they’d be snaffled up by a wealthy private collector and whisked out of this country, never to be seen again. A campaign was started to raise money and keep the papers on display at Bletchley Park, with Google donating $100,000 to the cause.

Come the auction, the bid didn’t meet the reserve, but now the National Heritage Memorial Fund has donated £200,000 to make up the shortfall the campaign had, according to a BBC report.

The papers are now safe, with donations from the public to the campaign in excess of £20,000.

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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