Alan Turing The Man That Broke Enigma

Who Was Alan Turing?

Alan Turing was an English Mathatition and cryptonologist. Who through his use of mathmatics became aware of a way that could not only help break the German Enigma machine but also do it quicker with his invention of the Bomb.

Early Years

At a very early age Alan Turing was marked as a genius through his understanding of complex mathmatical problems. Although only had few friends at school he grew very close to one in paticular Christopher Morcom. Sadly Christopher died of tuberculosis in the 1930.

Christopher has always been considered as Alan’s first love and he took the death very badly. Alan would devote his time and energy in scientific study to fulfill his friends potential. Alan Turing would often send many hours on his own studying complex chess problems.


Alan Turing

While attending King’s College, Cambridge, Turing focused on his studies. His passion for probability theory and mathematical logic propelled his career.

At the same time, he was also becoming more aware of his identity as a gay man. His philosophy was becoming closely aligned with the liberal left.

In the years after college, Turing began to consider whether a method or process could be devised that could decide whether a given mathematical assertion was provable.

Turing analyzed the methodical process, focusing on logical instructions. The action of the mind, and a machine that could be embodied as a physical form.

Turing developed the proof that automatic computation cannot solve all mathematical problems. This concept became known as the Turing machine, which has become the foundation of the modern theory of computation and computability.

Being Homosexual

An openly gay man during a time when homosexual acts were illegal in Britain. Alan Turing committed suicide after begin convicted of “gross indecency” and sentenced to a procedure some call “chemical castration.”

He has since become a martyred hero of the gay community. In late 2013, nearly 60 years after his death, Queen Elizabeth II formally pardoned him.

What Alan Turing Did At Bletchley Park

Alan Turing was recruited to join the Government Codes and Cypher School on 3rd September 1939 when war broke out for his mathmatical skills and problem solving skills.

He focused his attention to breaking German encrypted codes that were sent via radio transmission across Germany also known as “Traffic”.

Gorden Welshman was also very intrested in this “Traffic” as he could plot the traffic of whos was talking to who to build up a map of hierarchy among the German ranks.

Alan Turing went on to break the German Enigma code which had in the reigon of 15,000,000,000,000,000,000 different combinations.