From the blockbuster hit Imitation Game to the modern day computer, Alan Turing had a significant impact not only on World War II but on technology today. Born in London in 1914, Turing was a precocious child showing signs of genius from an early age. His parents enrolled him at the Sherborne School, an establishment known for its top notch public education. At times this style clashed with Turing’s mathematical inclinations. Like many young prodigies, Turing had difficulty with social endeavors. However, there was one friendship in particular that helped inspire Turing. Christopher Morcom, a fellow student at Sherborne, was also gifted in mathematics. The two would pass notes in class written in a code with the aim of being able to decipher it. Unfortunately, their friendship was short lived as Morcom would pass away from, from complications of bovine tuberculosis in February 1930. His emotional turmoil involved a scientific fascination with the problem of the mind and brain that underlay his later work.

After his time at Sherborne he went to King’s College to delve deeper into mathematic theory. He thrived in an environment that promoted his scientific interests. At the time there was not much use for abstract mathematical concepts, however, Turing found practical uses for such archaic concepts. This research would later be the foundation of a paper in which Turing analyzed the possibility of a “Universal Machine”. The Universal Machine would later be dubbed the Turing…