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Breaking Enigma and the legacy of Alan Turing in code breaking. Celebrating the Alan Turing Centenary in 2012




The 40th Edwards Lecture with the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers celebrates the opening of the new Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Sciences at City University London

Alan Mathison Turing, OBE, FRS, PhD (23 June 1912 - 7 June 1954), was an English mathematician, cryptanalyst and computer scientist. He was highly influential in the development of computer science and played a significant role in the creation of the modern computer. Turing is universally considered to be the father of the modern computer. During World War II, Alan Turing worked at Britain's codebreaking centre Bletchley Park (now GCHQ in Cheltenham) and was responsible for breaking the German U-Boat code which probably saved Britain from defeat. After WWII Alan worked at the National Physical Laboratory where he created one of the first designs for a stored-program computer, and in 1948 he joined Max Newman's Computing Laboratory at Manchester University, where he assisted in the development of the Manchester computers. He also and became involved in mathematical biology.

Alan Turing committed suicide in 1954 following his conviction for being a homosexual and being stripped of his security clearances to work on government classified systems. Gordon Brown (as Prime Minister) apologised on behalf of the Nation for his shameful treatment.

Professor David Stupples will present an overview to how the U-Boat code was broken and Turing's impact on today's internet security. David Stupples is Professor of Systems and Cryptography at City University and for many years he was employed on intelligence work.

Working actual Enigma machines (Kreigsmarine U-boat) will be displayed in the foyer before and after the lecture. 

Centre for Cyber Security Sciences (CCySS)

In response to growing criminal activity and terrorism using the internet, City University London decided to establish the Centre for Cyber Security Sciences (CCySS). The new Centre is necessarily multi-disciplinary drawing together academic expertise from Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, Informatics and Cass Business School. The new Centre is already making its mark with EPSRC and government research contracts and individual members working with Government departments.

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6.30pm - 8.30pmTuesday 17th April 2012

Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre Tait Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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