Archive of WWII codebreaker Alan Turing preserved





LONDON – Papers relating to codebreaker and computer pioneer Alan Turing will go to a British museum after the National Heritage Memorial Fund stepped in to help buy them for the nation.

The government-backed fund said Friday it had donated more than 200,000 pounds ($320,000) to a campaign to stop the notes and scientific papers from going to a private buyer.

The fund's chair, Jenny Abramsky, said the collection would be a permanent memorial to "a true war hero."

The documents were put up for auction by Christie's in November but did not sell.

An online campaign to keep them in Britain raised 28,500 pounds from members of the public, and computer firm Google contributed $100,000.

The papers will go to the Bletchley Park Museum northwest of London, which commemorates the famous World War II codebreaking center....


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Walter D. Kamphoefner - 3/2/2011

Better late than never to redress British ingratitude.