Sir Dermot Turing, nephew of The Second World War cryptanalyst Alan Turing, was educated at King’s College Cambridge and New College Oxford, and spent his career in the legal profession. He has followed closely the gradual revelation of the achievements of the Bletchley codebreakers from the first release of materials in 1975 and the re-opening of Bletchley Park to the public in the early 1990s.
X, Y and Z describes how French, British and Polish secret services came together to unravel the Enigma machine. It tells of how, under the very nose of the Germans, Enigma code-breaking continued in Vichy France. And how code-breakers from Poland continued their work for Her Majesty’s Secret Service, watching the USSR’s first steps of the Cold War.
The event was held on 16th May, 2019 at the Microsoft Center in Brussels and was moderated by Dr. Ann Dooms, Professor at the VUB University in Brussels, leading a research group in Digital Mathematics.