Home   Canterbury   News   Article

Turing College at University of Kent named after famous Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing

A hall of residence at the University of Kent has been named after Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing.

Turing College, at the Canterbury campus, was officially opened by nephew Sir John Dermot Turing on Friday.

Sir Turing said he was pleased that his uncle’s name would inspire the next generation of mathematicians, computer scientists and cryptanalysts.

VIDEO: Alan Turing's nephew Sir John Dermot Turing unveils new college

Alan Turing became famous for his work at Bletchley Park, Britain’s codebreaking centre. There he devised a number of techniques for breaking German encryption codes that helped win the war.

The building will house around 400 students on a self-catered basis, but offers a catering outlet named after the team responsible for cracking German military codes - Hut 8.

Turing College
Turing College

Sir Turing said: “I thought it was a very imaginative idea to name a college after Alan Turing.

“Alan Turing’s success can be put down to his own experiences in a college which he found was a very supportive environment.

Hut 8 cafe - named after the team of cryptanalysts that helped win the Second World War
Hut 8 cafe - named after the team of cryptanalysts that helped win the Second World War

“It’s a great honour to be here to open the college today and have it dedicated to him.”

Follow us

Like Us on Facebook

Most popular

Kent Travel News

Close This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.Learn More