I have always considered Alan Turing to be my personal hero, the one historical figure whom I can look up to and acknowledge. Alan who? you say!
His life story has been the subject of a recent movie, The Imitation Game, which made it to the final few movies for the Best Picture at the Oscars. It did not win, but just getting to this point is significant.
So let me tell you a little about the man…
Alan Turing was the inventor of the first stored-program computer, and in doing so is seen as the father of computing, the father of computer programming, and also the father of artificial intelligence, and yet he had to keep all of this secret during his life because of the official secrets requirements during WWII, and much of this was only opened to the public a relatively few years ago.