[SIGCIS-Members] Joan Clarke, woman who cracked Enigma with Alan Turing

McMillan, William W william.mcmillan at cuaa.edu
Tue Nov 11 05:55:29 PST 2014

As everyone on this list knows, decoding efforts depended also on many codebreakers, mainly women, who worked by hand to find patterns in coded messages.  In honor of them on this Veterans Day here in the U.S., I offer this photo of one Mary Eunice Amos, my mother, in 1944 when she was serving in the U.S. Navy in Washington D.C. as a codebreaker:


She had been a children's librarian before enlisting.  Still kicking at age 96!  Well, not doing much kicking anymore, but still talking about breaking codes.


From: members-bounces at sigcis.org [members-bounces at sigcis.org] on behalf of Brian Randell [brian.randell at newcastle.ac.uk]
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Subject: [SIGCIS-Members] Joan Clarke,  woman who cracked Enigma with Alan Turing


>From BBC News:

> Joan Clarke, woman who cracked Enigma with Alan Turing
> Joan Clarke's ingenious work as a codebreaker during WW2 saved countless lives, and her talents were formidable enough to command the respect of some of the greatest minds of the 20th Century, despite the sexism of the time.
> But while Bletchley Park hero Alan Turing - who was punished by a post-war society where homosexuality was illegal and died at 41 - has been treated more kindly by history, the same cannot yet be said for Clarke.
> The only woman to work in the nerve centre of the quest to crack German Enigma ciphers, Clarke rose to deputy head of Hut 8, and would be its longest-serving member.
> She was also Turing's lifelong friend and confidante and, briefly, his fiancee.
> Her story has been immortalised by Keira Knightley in The Imitation Game, out in UK cinemas this week.

Full story at:



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