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29 May 2012

Bletchley Park and After

Free Event • Registration Required • Fully Booked

Join three fabulous speakers for an early evening event exploring Bletchley Park and its legacy. Imagine a world where the Nazis won WWII and computers had never been invented... and then thank Bletchley Park for its codebreaking efforts and its legacy.

The high-level intelligence produced at Bletchley Park, codenamed Ultra, provided crucial assistance to the Allied war effort. Sir Harry Hinsley, a Bletchley veteran and the official historian of British Intelligence in WWII, said that Ultra shortened the war by two to four years.

Churchill referred to the Bletchley staff as, 'The geese that laid the golden eggs and never cackled.' There are stories of husbands and wives who worked in different huts and never knew they both worked there. So who did work there? Cryptanalysts were selected for various intellectual achievements, whether they were linguists, chess champions, crossword experts, polyglots, or great mathematicians, hence apocryphal references to the Government Code & Cypher School (GC&CS) as 'the Golf, Cheese and Chess Society'.

Chris Grey, Professor of Organisational Behaviour at WBS, has recently published his book Decoding Organization: Bletchley Park, Codebreaking and Organization Studies which explores how Bletchley Park was made as an organisation. What was its culture and how was its work co-ordinated? Challenging many popular perceptions, his book examines the complexities of how 10,000 people were brought together in complete secrecy and yet worked as a team.

Richard Aldrich, Professor of International Security at the University of Warwick, is an expert in the technology of secrecy - particularly secure communications. His book GCHQ: The Uncensored Story of Britain's Most Secret Intelligence Agency is an authority in the field.

Michael Smith is an award-winning journalist and number one best-selling author. He is a member of the board of the Bletchley Park Trust and an expert on codebreaking, espionage and how spies operate. He will talk about his latest book on Bletchley Park, The Secrets of Station X: How the Bletchley Park Codebreakers Helped Win the War.

We are delighted to be supporting Bletchley Park's fascinating place in history with this special event, dedicated to Alan Turing in his Centenary Year. Turing is seen by many as the father of the modern computer, and in the year we launch our brand new MSc in Finance & IT we acknowledge our debt to his work.

Due to exceptionally high demand, we are now operating a waiting list for this fully booked event. Reserve your place on the waiting list by emailing flo.swann@wbs.ac.uk. Drinks will be served 630-7pm, with the speakers and questions between 7-830pm.

With thanks to Wikipedia for the source material

// With

Professor Chris Grey, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, WBS
Professor Richard Aldrich,
Professor of International Security, Warwick,
Michael Smith, Investigative Journalist

// Where

B0.12 lecture theatre, Scarman Road, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick
Coventry
CV4 7AL
United Kingdom Get directions »

// When

Tuesday 29 May 2012, 18:30 - 20:30

// Contact

Flo.Swann@wbs.ac.uk
+44 (0)24 7657 4174

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