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Stolen Alan Turing memorabilia, once offered to CU Boulder, to be returned to England

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Federal officials say they have reached a deal to return several possessions of the mathematician Alan Turing to his boarding school in England after they were recovered from a home southwest of Denver.

Homeland Security investigators initially seized the items in late January from the home of Julia Turing, who is not related. According to court documents at the time, Julia Turing approached the University of Colorado Boulder in early 2018 to ask whether it would be interested in displaying several items from Alan Turing’s life, including his knighthood medal, his doctoral degree from Princeton University and several notes and photographs from his time at the Sherborne School in Dorset, England.

Archivists at the University library determined that the items were stolen and notified authorities, who found the items in Julia Turing’s home in Conifer.

According to court records, Julia Turing visited Sherborne in 1984 during a larger study of Alan Turing’s life and asked to see his archive. School officials said they found a note underneath the box after the theft, reading: “Please forgive me for taking these materials into my possession. They will be well taken care of while under the care of my hands and shall one day all be returned to this spot.”

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