Exhibition 'Bill Tutte: Mathematician + Codebreaker' in Bletchley Park
To celebrate the centenary of Bill Tutte’s birth, our newest exhibition gives an insight into the life and work of this elite codebreaker.
Tutte, a Cambridge graduate from Newmarket, made an often overlooked achievement in unravelling the working of the Lorenz machine, a more complex system than Enigma that was used by the German high command. This allowed Bletchley Park to decode some of the most top-secret messages sent during the war and paved the way for the creation of Colossus, the world’s first semi-programmable electronic computer.
After the war, Tutte’s work in graph theory led to some of the key mathematical developments that have shaped the internet today, such as the science behind search engines.