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Alan Turing Voted ‘The Greatest Person of the 20th Century’

Four weeks; seven categories; one ultimate winner. Alan Turing has been chosen as the greatest person of the 20th century.

ICONS, a new history series on BBC Two, asked the general public to assess the achievements of the 20th century’s most important and influential figures from seven different fields of human endeavour. Over the course of the series the public voted for the greatest Leader, Explorer, Scientist, Entertainer, Activist, Sports Star and Artist or Writer.

In the ICONS live final, which aired on Tuesday 5th February, Alan Turing was voted the overall winner, beating Nelson Mandela, Ernest Shackleton, David Bowie, Martin Luther King Jr, Muhammad Ali and Pablo Picasso.

If you’d like to find out more about the famed mathematician and computer scientist you can read Prof: Alan Turing Decoded or Alan Turing – The Life of a Genius, both written by Alan’s nephew, Dermot Turing.

Keep an eye out for Alan Turing – Remarkable Lives, a new Pitkin title coming July 2019.