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GCHQ pays tribute to Alan Turing and his colleagues at Bletchley Park

Last Updated: 20 Feb 2015
Turing’s enduring legacy combines technical brilliance with the value of diversity, both of which inspire all of us at GCHQ to this day.

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Alan Turing

News article - 20 Feb 2015 

As the Academy Awards ceremony approaches, GCHQ is really pleased that Alan Turing’s contribution to the cryptanalytic success of Bletchley Park during the Second World War continues to attract the attention of such a wide spectrum of people—from mathematicians to artists.  Whilst not being a documentary, The Imitation Game does convey some of the brilliance and tenacity of Turing and his colleagues as they overcame seemingly insurmountable problems upon which the very future of our nation depended.

We are also reminded that diversity, in all its forms, is something which only strengthens organisations and GCHQ prides itself on being one such organisation which led the way in recruiting the brightest and the best in whatever form it came. Turing’s enduring legacy combines technical brilliance with the value of diversity, both of which inspire all of us at GCHQ to this day.

As former Director of GCHQ, Sir Iain Lobban, said in his 2012 speech marking the centenary of Turing’s birth:  

"I strongly believe a Sigint agency needs the widest range of skills possible if it is to be successful, and to deny itself talent just because the person with the talent doesn’t conform to a social stereotype is to starve itself of what it needs to thrive."