|Who:||Invited Speaker, Ralph Simpson|
|What:||The German Enigma Machine: The Secret Battlefield of WWII, featuring a real, working machine from WWII!|
|Where:||Packard, Room 202 101
|When:||Tues, Jan 14th, 7:30pm|
The German Enigma Machine: The Secret Battlefield of WWII
The story of the Allies overcoming the odds and breaking the Enigma is a story of innovation, intrigue, and deception; which significantly shortened the war and ushered in the age of computers. The success of cracking the Enigma was kept secret for 29 years after the end of WW2, despite tens of thousands people working on the effort in the UK and US. This secrecy is especially incredible for us living in the age of the internet, WikiLeaks, and Edward Snowden. Over 35,000 Enigma machines were manufactured, but only 350 are known to exist today.
Ralph Simpson worked in the computer industry for 32 years, at IBM and Cisco Systems. He is now retired and volunteers at a local museum, History San Jose. He wrote a book on cipher history called, _Crypto Wars: 2000 Years of Cipher Evolution_. He is also an avid collector of cipher machines, which you can see on his website, CipherHistory.com. Ralph lives in San Jose in a restored Victorian house, which is also home to his Cipher History Museum and a very understanding wife. They have three grown children.