Fwd: IP: Tommy Flowers, of Colossus fame

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Bernard A. Galler

Nov 2, 1998, 3:00:00 AM11/2/98
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>From: Brian Randell <Brian....@newcastle.ac.uk>
>Subject: Tommy Flowers, of Colossus fame
>It is with much regret that I pass on the news, just received in a
>telephone call from his son Kenneth, that Tommy Flowers, chief designer of
>the Colossus, the electronic computer built in 1943 at the Post Office's
>Dollis Hill Research Station, for breaking German teleprinter ciphers at
>Bletchley Park, died last Wednesday.
>There was I understand an announcement in the Daily Telegraph last
>Saturday, and there will be one on The Guardian tomorrow. The funeral will
>be next Monday at 2pm at Hendon Crematorium - family flowers only,
>donations to Cancer Relief.
>Tommy Flowers was the most brilliant engineer and one of the nicest people
>that I have ever known. I count it as a great privilege that I was able to
>play a part, back in 1980, in helping to ensure that his immense
>contribution to the work of Bletchley Park, and hence to the whole conduct
>of World War II, at last started to receive public recognition.
>In the following years I met Tommy and his delightful wife on a number of
>further occasions - one of the most moving being at the official
>inauguration of the rebuilt Colossus at Bletchley Park on June 6 1996, a
>very fitting day given the contribution that the original machine made to
>the preparations for the Allied Landings in Normandy on D-Day.
>Brian Randell
>Dept. of Computing Science, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne,
>NE1 7RU, UK
>EMAIL = Brian....@newcastle.ac.uk PHONE = +44 191 222 7923
>FAX = +44 191 222 8232 URL = http://www.cs.ncl.ac.uk/~brian.randell/

Bernard A. Galler
E-mail: gal...@umich.edu
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