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Bletchley Park Codebreaker Honored 57

Posted by timothy
from the after-due-consideration dept.
Rambo Tribble writes "England has awarded Raymond Roberts, one of the nine cryptanalysts responsible for breaking the Nazi Tunny code machine, (also known by the German designation Lorenz cipher machine) the MBE. Roberts is the last surviving member of the team which cracked the German army's cipher machine functionality, much like others at Bletchley broke the better-known Enigma machine."
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Bletchley Park Codebreaker Honored

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  • Re:Seriously (Score:5, Insightful)

    by scotts13 (1371443) on Saturday December 29, 2012 @10:48AM (#42419695)

    Who gives a fuck?

    Anyone with an interest in history, technology, mathematics, and honoring under-recognized individuals who made a crucial contribution to society. Clearly not you.

  • by dkleinsc (563838) on Saturday December 29, 2012 @11:29AM (#42419949) Homepage

    The reason Turing was persecuted by the state, though, and the reason that a lot of people don't want to recognize him even now, is that he was privately homosexual. For many, that outweighs being key to defeating the Nazis, which is simply a shame.

  • by abigsmurf (919188) on Saturday December 29, 2012 @05:12PM (#42422327)
    One important thing worth noting was that Turing's clearance would've been removed even if homosexuality hadn't been a crime at the time. As the Enigma was still being used by the soviets and there were big examples of blackmail being used to get information. People who'd had affairs or held other secrets that would publicly embarrass or shame them also had their clearance removed.

    There's also not terribly good evidence he committed suicide. He was known for handling toxic chemicals in a dangerous manner, didn't seem to be suicidal (his life was improving and getting back on track), didn't leave a note and chose a rather odd method for suicide. His family members are all convinced it was an accident.

The reason that every major university maintains a department of mathematics is that it's cheaper than institutionalizing all those people.

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