ALAN TURING

The Man Who Cracked The Enigma Code

On June 23rd 1912 a boy, who would grow up to be one of the most important people in the Second World War, was born. Alan Turing was a British mathematician, logician, cryptanialyst, philosopher, computer scientist, mathematical biologist and marathon and ultra distance runner.


During World War II Turing worked for the Government Code and Cypher School, Britain's code breaking centre. He was in charge of Hut 8, the hut that was responsible for German naval cryptanalysis. Turing found a number of techniques that would help them crack the codes, but his most effective and useful machine was the Enigma machine. His machine translated the German codes and helped the British win several crucial battles.