Essay on Alan Turing Is The Father Of Modern Computer Science

2434 Words Nov 22nd, 2016 10 Pages
Renowned computer scientists and historians alike have hailed Alan Turing as the “father of the modern computer.” This is no small claim if one considers the tremendous impact computers have on humanity. Innovations like the internet and email have massive effects on everyday life in the modern world, from every call made from a cell phone, to every pixel of data seen on a high-definition television screen, computation of one kind or another is involved in some way. There are countless worthy topics for study in the history of computer science, yet there is one that until recently, has been largely forgotten by historians and scientists alike, and that is the contributions of Alan Turing to the world of computer science. To claim Turing is the father of modern computers as University of Canterbury professor Jack Copeland and countless others do, is to directly attribute the conveniences and luxuries of modern-day life to the research, theories, and technological developments of Alan Turing. This essay attempts to qualify, yet not possibly quantify in a short research paper, the massive impact and contributions of Alan Turing to computation, and to answer the question, to what extent did Turing’s work influence American research and development of computers in post-World War Two America.
To properly understand the monumental importance of Alan Turing to computer science and research, one must understand the setting and context of his work. The Allied Powers were being…

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