Do you know, this morning I was on a train that went through a city that wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for you. I bought a ticket from a man who would likely be dead if it wasn’t for you. I read up, on my work, a whole field of scientific inquiry that only exists because of you. Now, if you wish you could have been normal… I can promise you I do not. The world is an infinitely better place precisely because you weren’t. (Imitation Game)
Post WWII – Joan Clarke, Alan Turing’s friend, argues how not being normal can be virtuous. Reference: Dialogue from the film ‘The Imitation Game’.
Joan Elisabeth Lowther Murray, MBE(née Clarke; 24 June 1917 – 4 September 1996) was an English cryptanalyst and numismatist best known for her work as a code-breakerat Bletchley Park during World War II. Though not personally seeking the spotlight, her important role in the Enigma project against Nazi Germany‘s secret communications earned her awards and citations such as being appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1947. (Wikipedia)
English mathematician who worked in numerical analysis and played a major part in the early development of British computers.
Turing was born in London on 23 June 1912 into a family distinguished by its diplomats and engineers, three of whom had been elected to the Royal Society. He was educated at Sherborne School 1926–31, when he went to King’s College, Cambridge to study mathematics. After receiving his BA in 1935, he was elected a fellow of the college on the strength of his paper ‘On the Gaussian error function’, which won a Smith’s prize in mathematics in 1936. The paper was a characteristic example of the headstrong but brilliant nature of Turing’s mathematical method throughout his life. He ‘discovered’ the central limit theorem in utter ignorance of the fact that it had already been discovered and proved.(Turing)
“Turing, Alan Mathison (1912–1954).” The Hutchinson Dictionary of Scientific Biography. Abington: Helicon, 2014. Credo Reference.Web. 10 Apr 2015.