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Podcast 59: Bill Tutte

Mon, 12 Jun 2017
Bill Tutte

Bill Tutte played a crucial role in deciphering messages between Hitler and his high command. Yet he remains one of Bletchley Park’s unsung heroes. Tutte went straight from studying mathematics at Cambridge to the Government Code and Cypher School, where he used his analytical brilliance to help break what was believed to be an unbreakable code. His work also paved the way for the creation of the world’s first semi-programmable computer, Colossus.
His breath-taking achievements are now celebrated in a new exhibition at Bletchley Park, which was launched on the day of his centenary, with a symposium of talks about his life and work.
Hear from the day’s speakers, who included GCHQ Departmental Historian, Tony Comer, Bill Tutte Memorial Fund campaigner, Claire Butterfield, David Bedford from Keele University and the BBC Security Correspondent, Gordon Corera.
We also speak exclusively to Bill Tutte’s family, who were there to soak up the celebration, about what it’s like to learn that a kindly uncle was an unsung war hero.

E59: Bill Tutte