Andrew Hodges

Andrew Hodges (/ˈhɒɪz/; born 1949) is a British mathematician and author.

Andrew Hodges
Born1949 (age 6970)
London, England
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
Known forAlan Turing: The Enigma (1983)
Scientific career
FieldsMathematics, twistor theory
InstitutionsWadham College, Oxford
InfluencesAlan Turing, Roger Penrose

Life and career

Hodges was born in London, England. Since the early 1970s, Hodges has worked on twistor theory, which is the approach to the problems of fundamental physics pioneered by Roger Penrose. He was also involved in the gay liberation movement during this time.[1]

Hodges is best known as the author of Alan Turing: The Enigma, the story of the British computer pioneer and codebreaker Alan Turing.[2] The book was critically acclaimed when it was published in 1983, with Donald Michie in New Scientist calling it "marvellous and faithful".[3] In June 2002, it was chosen by Michael Holroyd for inclusion in a list of 50 'essential' books (available in print at the time) in The Guardian.[4]

Alan Turing: The Enigma formed the basis of Hugh Whitemore's 1986 stageplay Breaking the Code, which was adapted by for Television in 1996, with Derek Jacobi as Turing. The book was later made into the 2014 film The Imitation Game directed by Morten Tyldum, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing.[5] The script for The Imitation Game won Graham Moore an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 87th Academy Awards in 2015.

Hodges is also the author of works that popularise science and mathematics.

He is a Tutorial Fellow in mathematics at Wadham College, Oxford University.[6] Having taught at Wadham since 1986, Hodges was elected a Fellow in 2007, and was appointed Dean from start of the 2011/2012 academic year.


  • With Downcast Gays: Aspects of Homosexual Self-oppression, Pink Triangle Press, 1977. ISBN 0-920430-00-7.
  • Alan Turing: The Enigma, Vintage edition 1992, first published by Burnett Books Ltd, 1983. ISBN 0-09-911641-3.
  • One to Nine: The Inner Life of Numbers, Short Books, London, 2007. ISBN 1-904977-75-8.


  1. Smith, Nick. "The Imitation Game: the author of the book of the film". The Institution of Engineering and Technology. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  2. Hodges, Andrew. "Alan Turing: The Enigma — Notes by the author".
  3. Michie, Donald (9 February 1984). "A loner, a misfit, a genius". New Scientist. London: New Science Publications. pp. 36–37. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  4. A library for all seasons, The Guardian, 1 June 2002
  5. "The Imitation Game". Time Out London. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  6. "Andrew Hodges". Wadham College, Oxford. Retrieved 18 December 2014.

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