Alan Turing: the One who became a Zero


Alan Turing: the One who became a Zero – a lecture by Dr Andrew Hodges – 3rd Annual Oxford University LGBT Lecture.

5:30pm, Tues 7 Feb 2012, University Museum of Natural History

The lecture will be introduced by the Vice-Chancellor.

The Equality and Diversity Unit and the LGBT Staff Steering Group present the third annual Oxford University lecture for LGBT History Month. Dr Andrew Hodges, author of Alan Turing: The Enigma, will give a lecture on the British mathematician and founder of modern computer science. Alan Turing was the chief scientific figure in the Anglo-American code breaking effort in World War II, centred on Bletchley Park. His life as a gay man illustrates the harsh oppression but also the growing consciousness of that era.

Dr Andrew Hodges’s biography Alan Turing: the enigma (1983) has been translated into several languages (winning an Italian literary prize), and a Chinese edition is imminent. It has also been dramatised (as Breaking the Code) for stage and television. For more information on Dr Hodges see:

Date: Tuesday 7 February 2012 Time: 5.30

Venue: Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PW