Colossus - The first large-scale electronic computer – University of Copenhagen

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Colossus - The first large-scale electronic computer

Public lecture on Colossus by Jack Copeland, the internationally acclaimed researcher and Alan Turing expert, followed by a social dinner. The event will take place at ENIGMA Museum for Post, Tele og Kommunikation on 22 June 2017.

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Most people know the story of Enigma and how its defeat by the Bletchley Park codebreakers astounded the world. Now, Dansk Datahistorisk Forening and ENIGMA has invited Jack Copeland to tell Bletchley’s success against a later, more advanced German cipher machine that the British codenamed Tunny.

Jack Copeland about his lecture

The story of Enigma and its defeat by the Bletchley Park codebreakers astounded the world. This lecture describes Bletchley’s success against a later, more advanced German cipher machine that the British codenamed Tunny. Broken Tunny messages contained intelligence that changed the course of the war and saved an incalculable number of lives. Colossus was central to the Bletchley attack on Tunny. Thomas H. Flowers and his team of engineers and wiremen built the first Colossus during 1943 in utmost secrecy and at terrific speed. By the end of the war in Europe, there were nine of Flowers' gigantic digital computers working around the clock in Bletchley's Tunny-breaking factory.  

Programme

17.00 Welcome
17.10 Lecture by Jack Copeland followed by Q&A
19.00
(approx)
Long table dinner at the Canteen. Social food, wine and beer served by Meyers.

Read more about the event here on CCC's website