The Alan Turing £50 note contains a secret message in binary code by The Bank of England as a tribute.
Yesterday was the reveal of the well-known codebreaker’s face on the banknote. This made him the first openly gay man to be given this honor.
Turing is one of the computing founding fathers. He apparently took his own life after undergoing chemical castration. The reason for that was because of having sex with a man and was convicted for indecency.
‘1010111111110010110011000’ is the code on the banknote, which when converted reveals Alan Turing’s birthday. As he was born on the 23rd of June 1912, the code reads 23061912.
The revelation of the note occurred by Bank of England governor Mark Carney at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester. “Alan Turing was an outstanding mathematician whose work has had an enormous impact on how we live today,” he said.
“As the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, as well as war hero, Alan Turing’s contributions were far-ranging and path-breaking. Turing is a giant on whose shoulders so many now stand.” He added.
The £50 note is supposed to be out at the end of 2021. Turing’s words to the Times in 1949 will appear in the form of a quote “This is only a foretaste of what is to come, and only the shadow of what is going to be.”