G-Research Lecture Series: Sir Dermot Turing


‘Who invented the computer? Alan Turing? Or was it Marian Rejewski?’

The G-Research Lecture Series returns with an exciting lecture by Sir Dermot Turing. Hosted at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Dermot traces the origins of early programmable computers back through Bletchley Park and the revolutionary machinery invented for code-breaking.

To what extent was Alan Turing working alone on his machine solution, and how did he reach his breakthrough so quickly? What was the role of the polish codebreakers in the invention of the code-breaking machinery? Dermot looks in detail at what the code-breaking machines actually did, and the British efforts to recruit the Polish codebreakers for Bletchley Park.

The lecture will end with a Q&A session, followed by a drinks and canapé  reception.

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Guests are welcome to bring a +1, however early registration is advised as this is anticipated to be a popular event.




Dermot Turing is the acclaimed author of Prof, a biography of his famous uncle Alan Turing, The Story of Computing, and most recently X, Y and Z – the real story of how Enigma was broken. He is also a regular speaker at historical and other events.

Dermot was educated at Sherborne School and King’s College, Cambridge. He then undertook a DPhil degree in genetics at New College, Oxford, before moving into the legal profession.

In 2012, the centenary year of Alan Turing’s birth, Dermot became a trustee of Bletchley Park, where Alan Turing worked as a cryptologist during World War II. In 2015 he wrote a book on Alan Turing and in 2017 he contributed a chapter to The Turing Guide.



About G-Research’s Lecture Series

The G-Research Lecture series will feature the world’s leading experts in science and technology speaking on a range of topics in which they are recognised thought-leaders. The topic of the lectures will explore major fields of current research at a level that will engage researchers in the field and industry experts, while being accessible and engaging for those without specialist knowledge. It is an opportunity for G-Research to support their partners and friends in the academic and software engineering communities by providing access to world-leading thinkers and ideas.

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