Heroes of Progress, Pt. 34: Alan Turing
Introducing Alan Turing - an English mathematician, computer scientist and cryptanalyst, who is best known for his contributions to the field of computer science and for developing a machine that cracked the Nazis’ “Enigma” code during World War II. The Enigma machine was an enciphering device that was used extensively by the Nazi forces in WWII to send messages securely. Turing’s work in creating a machine that could break the encrypted German messages meant that Allied forces had a huge advantage during the war. Some historians have estimated that thanks to Turing’s work, WWII was shortened by at least 2 to 3 years. By cutting the war short, Turing’s work likely saved millions of lives.
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