Max Newman (1897 – 1984)


Newman was a famous mathematician and one of the code-breakers at Bletchley Park during WWII which constructed a machine dubbed ‘Heath Robinson’, and later with the help of Tommy Flowers built the ‘Colossus’ to break the encryption (Lorenz-Ciphers) used by the German high command.

After the war Newman was appointed as head of the mathematics department at the University of Machester and there built ‘The Manchester Baby’ – the first electronic stored-program digital computer based on Alan Turing‘s ideas.

Fun facts:

  • Newman (Neumann) was a Jewish

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