Screening: THE IMITATION GAME (2014)
Q/A and Discussion: SIR DERMOT TURING
Sir Dermot Turing is a Trustee of Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire (UK) and author of "Prof: Alan Turing Decoded," a biography of his uncle Alan Turing (1912-1954). Alan Turing was one of Bletchley Park’s leading cryptanalysts and a founder of the science of artificial intelligence whose story was portrayed in the Oscar-winning film, "The Imitation Game." Sir Dermot was educated at Sherborne and King’s College, Cambridge. After completing his DPhil (PhD) in Genetics at New College, Oxford, Sir Dermot moved into the legal profession, working first for Her Majesty's Treasury Solicitor’s Department and then for Clifford Chance.
Alan Turing played a central role in the team that decoded the German’s “Enigma” that is credited with ending WWII an estimated two to three years early and sparing 14 to 21 million lives. In 1952, he was convicted of gross indecency after admitting a sexual relationship with a man. He was given experimental chemical castration as a “treatment." He died of cyanide poisoning in 1954, aged 41. In 2013, Queen Elizabeth II granted Alan Turing a posthumous pardon under the Royal Prerogative of Mercy.