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Turing100 lecture series

Author: Communications

Posted on Oct 24, 2012

Category: UNB Saint John , myUNB

A lecture series organized to spark the imaginations of budding scientists, and to recognize the accomplishments of Alan Turing, kicks off this Monday.

Dr. Carlisle Adams, professor in the school of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Ottawa, lecture - Turing: Some Significant Milestones in Cryptography and Cryptanalysis – will take place Oct. 29, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m in Ganong Hall, Lecture Hall 215 on the UNB Saint John campus.

Alan Turing was born in London in 1912.  Educated at Sherborne School in Dorset and at King's College, Cambridge, he graduated in 1934 with a degree in Mathematics.  Twenty years later, after a short but brilliant career, he died.

Time Magazine listed him among the 20th Century's 100 greatest minds alongside the Wright brothers, Albert Einstein, James Watson and Alexander Fleming, the inventor of penicillin.

Best known as the genius who broke Germany’s most secret codes during World War II, Turing was also the father of the modern computer. 

At a time when the term ‘computer’ meant nothing more than a human clerk who sat at a desk doing calculations with paper and pencil, Turing envisioned a ‘universal computing machine’ that changed the world.

Future speakers in this series include Dr. Srinivas Sampalli from Dalhousie University, Jake Van der Laan from New Brunswick Securities Commission, Dr. Manuela Velosa from Carnegie Mellon University, US and additional speakers as well.

All talks are open to the public and admission is free.