B. Jack Copeland received his D.Phil. in Philosophy from the University of Oxford (1979) for research on modal and nonclassical logics. He is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Turing Archive for the History of Computing at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, where he has taught since 1985 and is Chair of the School of Philosophy and Religious Studies.
His publications include The Essential Turing (Oxford Univ. Press, 2004); Alan Turing's Automatic Computing Engine (Oxford Univ. Press, 2005); Colossus: The Secrets of Bletchley Park's Codebreaking Computers (Oxford Univ. Press, 2006); Logic and Reality (Oxford Univ. Press, 1996); and Artificial Intelligence (Blackwell, 1993, 2nd edition forthcoming); and he has published more than 100 articles on the philosophy and history of computing, the philosophy of mind, and philosophical logic. He is currently writing a book on Turing's philosophical and logical work, Turing's Machines, and also a book on the philosophy of religion.
Professor Copeland has held a variety of visiting professorships at institutions internationally, including the University of Sydney (1997, 2002), the University of Aarhus (1999), the University of Melbourne (2002, 2003), and the University of Portsmouth (1997-2005); and during 2000 he was a Senior Fellow in the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Copeland is a member of the Bletchley Park Trust Heritage Advisory Panel and is President of the U.S. based Society for Machines and Mentality.
He is founding editor of The Rutherford Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, and serves on the editorial boards of various philosophical journals. In 2000 he received a Marsden award from the Royal Society of New Zealand and in 2003 the Scientific American Sci/Tech Web Award for his on-line archive www.AlanTuring.net. Professor Copeland was invited to give the Alan Turing memorial address at Bletchley Park on 7 June 2004, the 50th anniversary of Turing's death, and to lecture on Turing's life and work at London's Royal Institution on 8 June 2004.
Alan Turing: Codebreaker and AI Pioneer
as author at MIT World Series: Creativity: The Mind, Machines and Mathematics,