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Shaun Wylie

(1913-2009), Mathematician

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Mathematician and cryptanalyst. Wylie played a significant role as a code-breaker during Second World War. Invited to Bletchley Park by Alan Turing, Wylie was put in charge of the 'crib' section which looked for repetitions in the German Enigma code. In 1942 he joined the team that eventually broke the 'Tunny' teleprinter cipher machine. After the war Wylie lectured in mathematics at Cambridge where he was consulted by James Watson and Francis Crick whilst they researched the structure of DNA. Wylie also played hockey (representing Scotland in 1938) and was a founding member of the Social Democratic Party.

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Shaun Wylie, by Antony Barrington Brown - NPG x104805

Shaun Wylie

by Antony Barrington Brown
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 23 February 1953
NPG x104805

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