4th September 2006

 

ENIGMA EXPERT TO RECEIVE UNIVERSITY HONOUR

 

The original founder and curator of the Bletchley Park Museum is to be honoured by the University of Lincoln for a lifetime’s work in computing.

 

With a small group of colleagues Tony Sale started the campaign to save Bletchley Park for the nation in 1991.

 

Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes was the base for the United Kingdom's main codebreaking establishment during the Second World War.

 

The 2001 film ‘Enigma’ paid tribute to the work of the codebreakers at Bletchley Park who deciphered, among others, the German Enigma machine.

 

Tony Sale was Secretary and Museums adviser to the Bletchley Park Trust, which was formed in 1992, and he was appointed Museums Director in 1994.


His career started in the Royal Air Force in 1949 and culminated in his beginning the project to rebuild the famous Colossus computer which had been developed at Dollis Hill in 1943 for Bletchley Park.

 

His interest in computers began in the early 1960s and in 1965 he joined the British Computer Society, of which he was elected as an Honorary Fellow in 1996.

 

He has worked for a wide variety of organisations including Marconi and MI5 and has been employed by the Science Museum as a senior curator in the Computer Restoration Project at the National Museum of Science and Industry.

 

He has won a number of awards, including Comdex IT Personality of the Year and the Royal Society of Scotland Silver Medal, and has advised on the films ‘Breaking the Code’ and ‘Enigma’.

 

Tony Sale will receive an honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Lincoln during the undergraduate awards ceremony at Lincoln Cathedral beginning at 11.30pm on Tuesday 12th September.

 

 

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Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042             07843 658943             jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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