Turing had “a bit of a ‘smelly trainers’ aspect” to his personality,” Hodges said.
To work it into his day, he often ran to the places he needed to go.
That sketch would foreshadow Turing’s ground-breaking work in 1952 on morphogenesis, which became a completely new field of mathematical biology.
It was a mathematical explanation of how things grow — a great mystery to science, Hodges explained.
In 1948, his best marathon time was 2 hours 46 minutes 3 seconds — only 11 minutes slower than the Olympic winning time that year.
When one of his running club members asked why he trained so vehemently, he replied, “I have such a stressful job that the only way I can get it out of my mind is by running hard.” “He was a hippie before his time,” Hodges said.Though Turing joined the Anti-War Movement in 1933, he never got deeply involved in politics.But watching Hitler’s rise to power in the late 1930s scared him, Hodges said, and it spurred his interest in cryptography, which would later help Great Britain in the war.But he got bad to mediocre grades in school, followed by many complaints from his teachers.His English teacher wrote: “I can forgive his writing, though it is the worst I have ever seen, and I try to view tolerantly his unswerving inexactitude and slipshod, dirty, work, inconsistent though such inexactitude is in a utilitarian; but I cannot forgive the stupidity of his attitude towards sane discussion on the New Testament.”Pilot ACE, 1950, is one of Britain’s earliest stored program computers and the oldest complete general purpose electronic computer.Sixty years later, Queen Elizabeth II officially pardoned Turing.Andrew Hodges, a mathematician at the Mathematical Institute at Oxford University, wrote the biography “Alan Turing: The Enigma”, which inspired the film.His work on the subject has been cited more than 8,000 times.The subject of one of his seminal papers on the topic was called “Outline of the Development of the Daisy.” It is true that he had a bit of a stammer, something dramatic portrayals of Turing have exaggerated, Hodges said.He used to run the 10 miles between the two places where he did most of his work, the National Physical Laboratory and the electronics building on Dollis Hill, beating colleagues who took public transportation to the office.He joined running clubs, becoming a competitive amateur and winning several races.