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Institution of Engineering and Technology celebrates release of Alan Turing biopic

14 November 2014


The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is celebrating the official opening of ‘The Imitation Game’ today with a series of video interviews* with the writer, director and some of the actors from the film – together with a special feature in its E&T magazine dedicated to some of Turing’s achievements beyond cracking the Enigma Code. The feature includes:

  • the Turing Test, which measures a machine's ability to exhibit intelligent behaviour indistinguishable from that of a human, and has shaped the development of modern-day Artificial Intelligence
  • an overview of how Alan Turing’s life and genius have become sources of inspiration for engineers and all those who defy discrimination and prejudice. (Aside from his homosexuality, some commentators also think Alan Turing was dyslexic, or autistic.)
  • an interview with Andrew Hodges, author of the classic biography Alan Turing: The Enigma on which the film is based
  • Alan Turing’s ideas on morphogenesis – and how they are helping scientists to develop ways to make complex materials build themselves.

Nigel Fine, Chief Executive of the IET, says: “The Imitation Game is a critically acclaimed film that tells a compelling story. In showcasing the iconic work of Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, engineer and computer scientist, to crack the German Enigma Code, it also highlights the important role of engineering and technology in our world. The film explains how Turing’s work ultimately helped the Allies to win the Second World War.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology has honoured Alan Turing for many years with an annual Turing Lecture delivered by some of the world’s most influential engineers. We hope this film can now highlight Turing’s work to a much broader audience – and, at the same time, help to open up the eyes of a future generation to the exciting world of future possibilities behind studying maths, science and technology subjects at school.”

Media enquiries to:

Katie Stanton
Communications Executive

Tel: +44(0)1438 765608
Mob: +44(0)7738 713867
Email: kstanton@theiet.org

Notes to editors:

Notes to editors:

  • Interview opportunities are available with IET spokespeople from a broad range of engineering and technology disciplines including cyber-security, energy, engineering skills, innovation, manufacturing, technology, transport and women in engineering.
  • The IET is one of the world’s largest organisations for engineers and technicians.  We have nearly 160,000 members in 127 countries around the world.
  • The IET is working to engineer a better world. We inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community, supporting technology innovation to meet the needs of society.
  • The IET is the Professional Home for Life® for engineers and technicians, and a trusted source of Essential Engineering Intelligence® and thought leadership.
  • For more information, visit www.theiet.org