Meet Britain's Most Intelligent Bear

  |  Published: Sep 8th 2016
Porgy. Image credit: ©ShaunArmstrong/
Porgy. Image credit: ©ShaunArmstrong/

As the country celebrates National Teddy Bear Day 2016 (Friday, 9 September), visitors to Bletchley Park can view Britain’s brainiest bear, Porgy. The teddy was bought by Alan Turing – the most famous of the WW2 codebreakers – when he was a student and professor at Cambridge University. Turing used to practise his lectures in front of Porgy, who he later had dressed in dungarees as a Christmas present for his niece, Shuna Turing. The bear is one of several exhibits at Bletchley Park that reveal a different side to Turing than just his fiercely intelligent mind.

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