Prime Minister pays tribute to 'remarkable' Turing

Prime Minister David Cameron said Alan Turing was a "remarkable man".
Prime Minister David Cameron said Alan Turing was a "remarkable man". Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

David Cameron has paid tribute to Alan Turing for his role in "saving Britain in World War Two" after the famous code-breaker was awarded a a posthumous royal pardon.

The Prime Minister said: "Alan Turing was a remarkable man who played a key role in saving this country in World War Two by cracking the German Enigma code.

"His action saved countless lives. He also left a remarkable national legacy through his substantial scientific achievements, often being referred to as the father of modern computing."

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