Flowers for Turing is Done for 2014! Thank you everybody!

So this is what Alan Turing’s statue looks like right now:


Each bunch of flowers (I expect there will be more later) was pledged by one of (where a company or university is listed this should be read as staff/students/alumni/hangers-on from company or university, rather than any endorsement from the place itself – this is very definitely a grassroots thing):

  • Aberdeen University x2
  • Andy Longhurst
  • Auckland Bioengineering Institute
  • Audionary special projects
  • Coventry University
  • CrankyFlamingo (Reddit)
  • Edge Hill University x2
  • Exeter Univeristy
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Harvard University
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • IT University of Copenhagen
  • Lancaster University
  • Leeds University
  • Loughborough University
  • Martin & Linda Sach
  • Newcastle University
  • Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Spies-Sabin Family
  • Technical University of Denmark
  • United states of Awesome (think this is made up)
  • Univeristy of Iceland
  • University of Bristol Staff
  • University of Bristol Students
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Toronto x2
  • University of York

The state of the PayPal account is:

Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 07.07.39…and I’m very very happy with that. Once the cost of the flowers is taken care off that will be about £450 for specialEffect, who thoroughly deserve it.

I’ll put up the accounting post shortly (where we put up the recipes for flowers and the receipt from Special Effect so that it’s clear to everyone that all the money went to the right place) but right now I’m basking in the glow of a job well done. Really pleased that everyone came together on this one.

Couple of lovely little quotes I’d like to share (both people gave their permission)

My girlfriend and I want to join in on a flower bunch for Turing. We’re two Icelanders getting our B.S. in computer science from the University of Iceland on the 21st, and we think this would be a great way to pay our respects to the founder of the field.
I got married on Alan Turing’s 100th birthday so [my wife] (who did a degree in Physics) and I would like to support this.
For those of you keeping score we can tell you that:
Bristol wins with ‘Most bunches’ by a nose (Martin and Linda Sach arrived via a contact at Bristol), with Edge Hill, Aberdeen, and Toronto joint second with two.
Harvard wins with ‘largest amount donated overall’
Cambridge beats Oxford one-nil this year, although in fairness it was one-nil the other way last year….
(I’ll leave the competition open until I leave Manchester – I’m happily reviewing someone’s PhD chapter under a tree in the park at the moment)
I’m spending much of today writing code in a nearby coffeeshop (fitting, I think), so if people still want to get in on the action – or just donate – the PayPal id is
I should thank Amanda McGrath, everyone who ever shared the link, and the wonderful staff at Venus flower shop in Manchester who coped admirably with me wandering in about an hour ago, was very impressed with them
One last thing to leave you with, is this quote from one of the pledges…(pledgers?)Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 22.15.20
I forgot to mention that when I got married two weeks ago (60 years after to the day that Alan passed away), that Alan Turing was the name of our top table – we used the names of British mathematicians, engineers, and scientists as our table names.

4 Responses to Flowers for Turing is Done for 2014! Thank you everybody!

  1. Kate

    Fantastic Joe, great charity doing some amazing work! :0)

  2. J. Doe

    Countless lives were saved because of you. I hope you are in a better place, May God bless you Alan M. Turing.

  3. J. Doe

    You saved countless lives. I hope you are in a better place & found peace. May god bless you Alan Turing.

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