Italian Street to be named after Alan Turing

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A street in the city of Catania, Sicily, is to be named after Enigma codebreaker, Alan Turing.


The second largest city in Sicily took submissions of street names while planning a number of new road structures.

Councillor Nino Vullo put forth Turing’s name after it was suggested by his brother, Pierluigi Vullo.

Vullo told PinkNews, “I am very proud that my native city has named one of its streets after Alan Turning.”

There are a number of streets in the UK named after Turing.

Alan Turing’s life and legacy have been brought to the public’s attention with the award-nominated film The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley.

The mathematical genius was ignored for his work after World War 2 and was subsequently persecuted for his homosexuality. Turning was chemically castrated – as opposed to two years imprisonment – and committed suicide two years later.

Though it was nominated for five Golden Globes, it failed to take home one award. It is also nominated for eight Oscars, the results of which will be revealed in March.

The proposal was universally accepted by the local council, alongside a plan to name a street after gay Italian singer Lucio Dalla, who died in 2012.

Alan Turing – considered the father of computer science – will also have one of his notebooks put up for auction, it is expected to fetch upwards of £1million. Dated from 1942, during his Enigma days, the 56-page notebook will go on auction at Bonhams’ in New York on April 13.

“It is almost certainly the only extensive autograph manuscript by Turing in existence and has never been seen in public,” said Cassandra Hatton, a manuscripts specialist at Bonhams.

“Mathematical content gives an extraordinary insight into the working mind of one of the greatest luminaries of the 20th century.”

The notebook was left as part of papers in Turing’s will, which was left to friend and fellow mathematician, Robin Gandy.

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