Bletchley Park, Hitler’s secret messages and the birth of Colossus

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We are pleased to welcome Phil Hayes to talk about how Bletchley Park were able to read Hitler’s secret messages, and the birth of the first electronic computer. Phil is the Chief Engineer engaged in the Colossus rebuild, from the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley.

Alongside Enigma came Lorenz, a more important cipher whose breaking was arguably of much greater value to the Allies. How this was done represented mathematics and engineering just as pioneering and influential as the cracking of Enigma and making of Turing’s Bombes, and resulted in Colossus, which is argued by many to be the world’s first electronic computer.

The talk is on Tuesday, 6th March at 6.15pm. This will be held at Aberystwyth University.

The meeting will be in MP-0.15 (Physics Main) in the Physical Sciences building, see Open Street Map for the location.

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About Phil Hayes

Phil studied electronics at Brighton in the early 70’s, then worked in several large electronics companies and organisations until he moved into data communications in the early 90’s. He finished his working career as a Network Security Architect for one of the major clearing banks in the city.  As a volunteer, Phil joined the Colossus Rebuild Project in 2000, and then in 2011 after the death of Tony Sale (Director of the Colossus Rebuild Project), he was approached by the National Museum of Computing to take on the full-time roll of Chief Colossus Engineer.

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