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Christopher Carson, first in NI in the Heriot Watt University Turing’s World Short Story competition, with Mr C. Rice - View Full Size Image
Christopher Carson, first in NI in the Heriot Watt University Turing’s World Short Story competition, with Mr C. Rice
01/05/2013 TURING ESSAY COMPETITION AWARD FOR LORETO COLLEGE STUDENT

A sixth form student from Loreto College Coleraine has been placed first in Northern Ireland in Turing’s World Short Story Competition run by Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.

Christopher Carson, who is in Year 13 at Loreto College, was inspired by his studies of AS Level Computing to write a short story based on the life and work of Alan Turing.  Alan Turing (1912-1954) was a British scientist whose pioneering research made fundamental contributions to Computing, Mathematics and Biology.  This included establishing fundamental limits to what computers can and can’t do: the Halting problem; developing techniques and hardware to break encrypted information:the Bombe; designing one of the first digital computers: the ACE; characterising requirements for artificial intelligence:the Turing test; and exploring the mathematical basis of how living things form and grow: morphogenesis.

Christopher was among a few Year 13 students from Loreto College who entered the competition, and has been invited to an awards ceremony in Heriot Watt University later in the Summer Term. The competition was judged by Heriot Watt University academics and four top awards – one each for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales – were presented.

Christopher was congratulated on his success by Mr Clarke Rice, Head of Computing and ICT at Loreto College, who described him as a highly dedicated student and a very deserving winner.

Christopher and Mr Rice were congratulated on this tremendous achievement by Mr Michael James, Principal of Loreto College, on behalf of all the staff and students of the College.