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By: Tom Williams

Bill Tutte Codebreaker

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BILL TUTTE CODEBREAKER 'THE GREATEST INTELLECTUAL FEAT OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR.' … a testimonial to Bill Tutte and his codebreaking discovery in 1942 at Bletchley Park. Bill Tutte was a young, gauche PhD student, yet his remarkable breakthrough and continuing endeavour against a German cipher machine more complex than Enigma led to the development of the world's first programmable computer, Colossus. Colossus allowed top-secret messages between Hitler and his generals to be read within hours, contributing significantly to the success of the D-Day landings and the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany. So secret were the functions performed by Colossus that the work of Bill Tutte and his colleagues was classified for more than 50 years after the end of the Second World War. This novel not only explores Bill Tutte's codebreaking, but also examines his 'autistic' character, his background and close relationships all woven into the pressures and diversions of life at Bletchley Park. Prime Minister David Cameron wrote in 2012: We should never forget how lucky we were to have men like William 'Bill' Tutte in our darkest hour and the extent to which their work not only helped protect Britain itself but also shorten the war by an estimated two years, saving countless lives. … I can say without doubt that Bill Tutte deserves the thanks of the British people.
The author has lived in East Anglia for over 30 years and had a career in banking, including Head Office finance function. He is married, and has two sons and two grandchildren. He says writing and research has provided a rich vein of human contact with a generous spirit shown by all to talk and to share. Other than writing, his interests include gardening, family history, walking, watching sport, code-breakers of Bletchley Park, economics, music, art and reading--favourite topics: real-life exploits (especially at sea), war stories (particularly POW escapes) and amusing fiction. But, he says, family always comes first.
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  • Robert Brockbank

    I have just read this amazing book about Bill Tutte. It was excellent and very interesting. My father worked at the Post Office Research Station at Dollis Hill from about 1933 to 1966, and would certainly have known of Tommy Flowers, if not actually met him as a colleague. I later joined Dollis Hill in 1975 and then moved out to Martlesham with them, living in Woodbridge.

    I thought the mix of Bill's personal life with his technical mathematical work was just right. What happened to Grace (or rather, the person Grace was modelled on) afterwards? I was expecting to hear about her in your Post Script. Clearly she married and had a daughter, but it would be good to hear a bit more about her.

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