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Alan Turing

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Alan Turing

WWII Codebreaker of Nazi Enigma Machine


Who was Alan Turing?

Alan Turing was an English mathematician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist. He is often referred to as the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence.

During World War II, Alan Turing joined a secret code breaking unit based at Bletchley Park. He was instrumental in developing a machine that was able to find the settings used by the German Enigma machine enabling the allies to decrypt German messages. It’s been estimated that this accomplishment, the subject of the 2014 movie The Imitation Game, shortened the war by a couple of years and saved millions of lives.

Famous Kin

Alan Turing’s known famous kin tend to be through royal connections. He is a direct descendant of King Edward I and a number of Magna Carta sureties including Hugh le Bigod, John FitzRobert, Sir Saher de Quincy, and Henry de Bohun. One of Alan Turing’s more interesting connections is a kinship to actor Benedict Cumberbatch. Cumberbatch is the actor who portrayed Turing in the movie The Imitation Game. Another interesting family connection for Alan Turing is to German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun. Not only did Braun help develop the United States’ Saturn V rocket that propelled the Apollo spacecraft to the moon, but Braun also helped develop the German V-2 rocket which killed thousands of British and Belgian citizens during the war.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for Alan Turing

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John Davis Long

32nd Governor of Massachusetts

18th cousin 2 times removed
via Edward I, King of England

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John Davis Long

32nd Governor of Massachusetts

16th cousin 5 times removed
via Elizabeth de Badlesmere

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John Davis Long

32nd Governor of Massachusetts

16th cousin 2 times removed
via Richard FitzAlan

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John Ritter

TV and Movie Actor

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Isabella de Beauchamp

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Mary Winthrop Gooding

Prolific Mayflower Descendant

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Edward I, King of England

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Mary Winthrop Gooding

Prolific Mayflower Descendant

20th cousin
via Sir Hugh I de Audley

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Mary Winthrop Gooding

Prolific Mayflower Descendant

17th cousin 4 times removed
via Elizabeth de Badlesmere

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Mary Winthrop Gooding

Prolific Mayflower Descendant

17th cousin 1 time removed
via Richard FitzAlan

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Mary Winthrop Gooding

Prolific Mayflower Descendant

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Margaret of France

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Billie Eilish

Singer and Songwriter

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Edmund Mortimer

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Billie Eilish

Singer and Songwriter

17th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Ralph Neville

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Billie Eilish

Singer and Songwriter

18th cousin 2 times removed
via Thomas Holand

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Billie Eilish

Singer and Songwriter

17th cousin 2 times removed
via Richard Woodville

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John Torrey

Co-found, New York Academy of Science

14th cousin 5 times removed
via Edmund Mortimer

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John Torrey

Co-found, New York Academy of Science

16th cousin 3 times removed
via Henry Plantagenet

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John Torrey

Co-found, New York Academy of Science

13th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Ralph Neville

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John Torrey

Co-found, New York Academy of Science

18th cousin 3 times removed
via King Henry I of Navarre

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John Torrey

Co-found, New York Academy of Science

18th cousin 3 times removed
via Isabella of Aragon

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John Torrey

Co-found, New York Academy of Science

14th cousin 4 times removed
via Thomas Holand

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John Torrey

Co-found, New York Academy of Science

18th cousin 3 times removed
via Ferdinand III, King of Castile

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John Torrey

Co-found, New York Academy of Science

13th cousin 4 times removed
via Richard Woodville

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Henry Hastings Sibley

1st Governor of Minnesota

15th cousin 3 times removed
via Richard FitzAlan

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Henry Hastings Sibley

1st Governor of Minnesota

17th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir James de Audley

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Dakota Fanning

TV and Movie Actress

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Edmund Mortimer

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Elle Fanning

TV and Movie Actress

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Edmund Mortimer

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