Iain Lobban, Director GCHQ and Leeds graduate, has paid tribute to cryptanalyst and mathematician Alan Turing in a public lecture at the University.
The lecture entitled GCHQ and Turings Legacy was delivered in the Great Hall at the University on 4 October, forming part of a programme of events to mark the centenary of Alan Turings birth.
The speech celebrated the achievements of GCHQs forerunner the Government Code and Cypher School, encompassing Alan Turings contribution to the wartime code-breaking effort at Bletchley Park, including the cracking of Enigma.
Iain Lobban, who graduated in 1983 with a BA in French, also spoke of Turing's legacy to today's GCHQ, including the values and ethos which attracted and nurtured talent in the past and which continue to be relevant today in the cyber age.
"It is a tremendous honour to welcome back Iain, one of our most successful alumni. It is fitting too that he has chosen to return to Leeds to give this lecture - the university has an outstanding reputation in mathematics and computer sciences, and Alan Turing's contribution to these subjects remains unsurpassed," said Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Arthur.
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About Alan Turing
Alan Mathison Turing was a cryptanalyst and computer scientist who is widely considered to be the father of computer science and artificial intelligence. During the Second World War he worked for the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) at Bletchley Park and designed techniques for breaking German ciphers, including those encrypted using the Enigma machine. This year marks the centenary of Alan Turings birth which will be celebrated by numerous events across the country.
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