Darwin, meanwhile, expected him back at the NPL at the end of the Cambridge term.
On 20 April 1948 he reported to the Executive Committee on 'Future Plans for Dr Turing':
Dr Turing, who is on a year's leave of absence at Cambridge University, will shortly be due to return to the laboratory and Director is proposing to discuss with him what type of work he should then undertake.
Director felt that from the point of view of Dr Turing's career, it would be an advantage if he started to write some papers rather than continue with the fundamental physiological studies into which his researches are carrying him.
Dr Turing will no doubt join a University staff in due course, but Director felt that intervening period should be spent at NPL.
Kind though it was of Darwin to think of his career, the fact was that the year's wait had achieved nothing.
Womersley reported to the same meeting that
The present position on this project gives no cause for complacency and we were probably as far advanced 18 months ago.
...There are several competitors to the ace machine, and of these, that under construction at Cambridge University, under Professor (sic) Wilkes, will probably be the first in operation.