TURING_ALAN_MATHISON_SUPPLEMENT

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Report on further correspondence and papers of
ALAN MATHISON TURING
(1912-1954)
mathematician
deposited in
King's College Library, Cambridge
Reproduced for the Contemporary Scientific Archives Centre
London WC2A 1HP
CCSAG* 104 /17'8:59
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CONTEMPORARY SCIENTIFIC ARCHIVES CENTRE
British National Committeefor the History of Science, Medicine and Technology
under the guidance of the Royal Society’s
Supplementary catalogue of papers and correspondence of
ALAN MATHISON TURING FRS
(1912 - 1954)
Material additional to CSAC 53/7/77
All rights reserved
Deposited in the Library of King's College, Cambridge
Compiled by
Jeannine Alton and Peter Harper
1985
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The work of the Contemporary Scientific Archives Centre, and the
production of this catalogue, are made possible by the support of the following
societies and institutions:
The Biochemical Society
The Charles Babbage Foundation for the History of Information
Processing
The Institute of Physics
The Institution of Electrical Engineers
The Nuffield Foundation
The Rhodes Trustees
The Royal Society of London
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers
The Wolfson Foundation
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LIST OF CONTENTS
Items
INTRODUCTION
SECTION A
BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL
A.14 - A.33
SECTION B
PUBLICATIONS
SECTION C
UNPUBLISHED NOTES AND DRAFTS
SECTION D
CORRESPONDENCE
INDEX OF CORRESPONDENTS
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INTRODUCTION
PROVENANCE
The material has been assembled from several sources over the period 1977 - 84,
as follows:
A.14 - A.33 and B.9, from the estate of Mrs. Sara Turing after her death in 1977;
C.24 - C.27 from N.E. Hoskin, received 1978;
C23; DES. - DB; 10, from Professor I. J. Good (photocopies from originals in his possession),
received 1979;
D.11 - D.14 from Dr. A. Hodges, author of the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma,
received 1983;
B.8 from Professor C.B. Jones, received 1984.
PRESENTATION
The material has been organised, numbered and sectionalised to follow the
sequence of the cctalogue compiled in 1977 (CSAC 53/7/77)
DESCRIPTION
death.
It has proved intractable so far to researchers. Hodges writes (p.494):
The biographical and personal material in Section A was all received from the
estate of Mrs. Turing and many items bear annotations or corrections by her.
Several
by Heffer of Cambridge in 1959, and include biographical information and recollections.
refer to the preparation and publication of her biography of her son, which was published
The material on morphogenesis at C.24 - C.27 represents a substantial addition
to the documentation of Turing's work and thinking on this topic, left uncompleted at his
Hodges for permission to refer to and quote from his biography of Turing.
"He left behind a mass of detailed material, some organised into the form
of a second paper, the rest in the form of worked examples and of computer
print-outs incomprehensible to anyone else.'
Section D contains photocopied letters and calculations exchanged by Turing
and I. J. Good (D.6- D.10), and some original letters by Turing (D.11 - D.14), most of
them addressed to P. Hall.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Thanks are due to all those who have made documents available, and to Andrew
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SECTION A
BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL
A.14 - A.33
A.14
Obituaries and tributes to Turing: notice in Hazelhurst Gazette
(2 copies, one corrected by Mrs. Turing); translation of sections
about Turing's life and work made in 1967 from a Russian work
The Beginning of Cybernetics, by A. Lerner; 'Caption under Alan's
photo at N.P.L.'
A.15-A.17
Letters received by Mrs. Turing on Turing's death, from colleagues,
schoolmasters, neighbours and friends.
circumstances of Turing's death, and to the inquest.
Several refer to the
3 folders as follows:
Andrews, A.
J.
.
(schoolmaster)
Boles: J.V
7m,
Vo
Bullard. Ei.
C.
Clayton, L.
(Turing's housekeeper)
Jefferson, G.
proprord). t.
S.
Webb, N.
Unidentified
Coote, C.
;
(Daily Telegraph)
(Hazelhurst school)
Darlington, S.
(Hazelhurst school)
Darlington, W.
S.
Greenbaum, F.
M.
Milner-White, E.
(Manchester University)
(Turing's psychoanalyst)
signature, deleted by Mrs. Turing)
(Ip. only with much material, including the
(Turing's neighbour)
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Biographical and personal
Letters to Mrs. Turing in answer to requests for information while
preparing her biography, 1957-58.
Jones, |.
Ross, A.
H.
:
(Headmaster, Sherborne)
Scott, Acs