Today marks the anniversary of the tragic death of Alan Turing, who died aged just 41 in 1954.
Turing, as is now firmly established, was one of the geniuses of Bletchley Park who helped crack the Enigma code and win the Allies the Second World War. This work is generally credited with saving 14 millions lives by shortening the war by two to four years.
His treatment after the war owing to his homosexuality was shameful, and is largely believed to have led to his suicide in 1954, although some debate remains around the cirumstances. Either way, he died far too young and the impact he could have had on the advance of technology had he lived is a fascinating thought.
Now, in more enlightened times, Turing is rightly regarded as a hero and someone in the pantheon of truly Great Britons. V3 has put together a top 10 list of some little-known facts about Turing to celebrate his life and legacy.
10. Turing's birthplace in Maida Vale is commemorated with a blue plaque
Turing's parents originally lived in India, as his father was a member of the Indian Civil Service, but on discovering that they were to have a child, they returned to the UK as they wanted their children to grow up in England.
They moved to Maida Vale and it was here that Turing was born on 23 June 1912. The site is now commemorated by a blue plaque (pictured below).
There is also a plaque on his home in Wilmslow in Cheshire marking his time in the building.
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