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Mid-Wales Branch - Bletchley Park, Hitler's Secret Messages & the birth of...

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Aberystwyth University (Room MP-0.15)

Department of Physics

Penglais

Ceredigion

SY23 3BZ

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There will be some light refreshments available from 5.30, in the Physics Foyer, outside the lecture hall.

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Alongside Enigma came Lorentz, 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. This resulted in Colossus, which is argued by many to be the world's first electronic computer.

BCS Mid-Wales presents a talk on the topic by Phil Hayes of the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley. Phil is the Chief Engineer of the team engaged in a Colossus rebuild.

The talk starts at 6.15. There will be some light refreshments available from 5.30, in the Physics Foyer, outside the lecture hall.

Biography
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.

Website: http://midwales.bcs.org/colossus/

Image is of the reconstructed Colossus at the National Museum of Computing, Bletchley Park. The image is used under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license and the original image is available at:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Frontal_view_of_the_reconstructed_Colossus_at_The_National_Museum_of_Computing,_Bletchley_Park.jpg

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Department of Physics

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