January 01, 2014

Q TIME: ALAN TURING



THE ENIGMATIC ALAN TURING



(1) Alan Turing's father worked for civil services in which former British colony?
Burma
India
Sri Lanka
South Africa

(2) His first day at Sherborne School coincided with an important event. Name the event.
1926 General Strike
World War I
1929 Great Depression
World War II

(3) At Sherborne, Turing befriended a colleague who would have a life long influence on his future work. Name him.
Max Newman
Tommy Flowers
Christopher Morcom
David Hilbert

(4) From which college did Turing do his under graduation in mathematics?
Christ Church, Oxford
Harris College, Manchester
Imperial College, London
King's College, Cambridge

(5) At Cambridge, Turing attended lectures from a famous mathematician regarding foundation of maths. Name him.
Ludwig Wittgenstein
Betrand Russel
Martin Heidegger
Immanuel Kent

(6) The British and French intelligence were given crucial information about Enigma by the Cipher Bureau of which country?
USA
Switzerland
Poland
USSR

(7) In which year was Alan Turing awarded the Order of British Empire (OBE)?
1945
1946
1947
1948

(8) In response to a request made by Turing and his colleagues asking for more resources for breaking German messages, what message did PM Churchill write in a memo to General Ismay?
SANCTIONED
GRANT MORE RESOURCES
DO IT NOW
ACTION THIS DAY

(9) Name the code breaker at Bletchley Park whom Turing proposed in 1941?
Margaret Clarke
Joan Clarke
Bethany Clarke
Sidney Clarke

(10) Alan created a computer program - Turbochamp for which board game?
X and 0
Ludo
Snake and Ladders
Chess

(11) Which subject was Turing researching on at the time of his death?
Mathematical biophysics
Mathematical biology
Mathematical chemistry
Mathematical astronomy

(12) According to his biographers, which was Turing's favorite fairy tale?
Cinderella
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Sleeping Beauty
Beauty and the Beast

(13) In which city did he work in towards the end of his life?
Oxford
Cambridge
Manchester
London

(14) Which organization gives the Turing award?
Association of Computer Machinery
IEEE
SPIE
American Mathematical Society

(15) What was Turing's rank in BBC's nationwide poll of the 100 greatest Britons in 2002?
5
11
16
21




For earlier post on the royal pardon to Alan Turing, click here (Link).