Sunday, 30 December 2012

MBE for WWII Bletchley Park codebreaker Captain Jerry Roberts

Congratulations to codebreaker Captain Jerry Roberts recipient of an MBE in the New Year's Honours List.

Captain Jerry Roberts


From BBC news:


"A Bletchley Park codebreaker who has been appointed MBE in the New Year Honours said he still hopes his whole team will one day be recognised. Raymond "Jerry" Roberts, 92, receives the honour for services to the WWII decryption centre and to codebreaking. Mr Roberts, of Hampshire, was among four founder members of the Testery section tasked with breaking the German High Command's Tunny code.
The decrypts are credited with helping shorten the war by at least two years. Capt Roberts worked at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire, until the end of the war then spent two years at the War Crimes Investigation Unit, before moving on to a 50-year career in marketing and research."

Picture and quote from here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-20859561 


Hear Captain Roberts from his Alan Turing Year 2012 talk on Turing Education Day at Bletchley Park, 30 June 2012, on audio boo:

Part 1: http://audioboo.fm/boos/1133623-turing-education-day-captain-jerry-roberts-part-1  (introduction by Lord Brocket)

Part 2: http://audioboo.fm/boos/1133631-turing-education-day-captain-jerry-roberts-part-2


Podcasts created by audio engineer and musician Mark Cotton

Click here for Turing Education Day event programme: http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/resources/file.rhtm/662542/ted+programme+-+low+res.pdf


Picture of Turing Education Day speakers (minus Professor Kevin Warwick and Baroness Susan Greenfield who had to leave early) includes Captain Jerry Roberts (front row second left between his wife and Professor Maggie Boden OBE)





In the picture above: (left) Lord Charles Brocket, author of the bestseller Call Me Charlie (back row left to right) Professor Jack Copeland, Director of the Turing Archive for the History of Computing, Dr David Link, artist and media archaeologist, Iain Standen, CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust, Avi Wigderson, the Herbert Maass Professor of Mathematics at the Princeton Institute of Advanced Study, (front row left to right) Captain and Mrs Jerry Roberts, senior linguist and cryptographer at Bletchley Park during WW2, Margaret Boden OBE, research Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Sussex, Huma Shah, lead scientist for the University of Reaching's Turing 100 event, Whitfield Diffie, co-inventor of public key cryptography, Martin Campbell-Kelly, Britain's leading computer historian, and John Harper, who leads the Turing Bombe rebuild project at Bletchley Park.

Picture and information credit: About My Area: Milton-Keynes News

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