W. T. Tutte

1917 - 2002

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William Thomas Tutte OC FRS FRSC (; 14 May 1917 – 2 May 2002) was an English and Canadian codebreaker and mathematician. During the Second World War, he made a brilliant and fundamental advance in cryptanalysis of the Lorenz cipher, a major Nazi German cipher system which was used for top-secret communications within the Wehrmacht High Command. The high-level, strategic nature of the intelligence obtained from Tutte's crucial breakthrough, in the bulk decrypting of Lorenz-enciphered messages specifically, contributed greatly, and perhaps even decisively, to the defeat of Nazi Germany. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of W. T. Tutte has received more than 203,637 page views. Her biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 17 in 2019). W. T. Tutte is the 787th most popular mathematician (down from 717th in 2019), the 4,636th most popular biography from United Kingdom and the 94th most popular British Mathematician.

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Among mathematicians, W. T. Tutte ranks 787 out of 828Before her are Martin Davis, Elon Lindenstrauss, Ormond Stone, J. H. C. Whitehead, James Waddell Alexander II, and Neil Sloane. After her are Cathleen Synge Morawetz, Andrei Okounkov, Caucher Birkar, Michael Aschbacher, Hanna Neumann, and Harish-Chandra.

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Among people born in 1917, W. T. Tutte ranks 255Before her are Jack Lynch, Denis Healey, Walter Munk, Steve Cochran, Robert Merrill, and Arthur Laurents. After her are Robert La Caze, Ellis Clarke, Audrey Totter, Hans Conried, Laurie Scott, and Irving Kaplansky. Among people deceased in 2002, W. T. Tutte ranks 268Before her are Günther Ortmann, Mary Carew, Pat Flaherty, Krishan Kant, Frances Ames, and Dave Williams. After her are Otis Blackwell, Vladimir Romashkin, Ted Demme, Willie Davenport, Lisa Lopes, and Salman Raduyev.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, W. T. Tutte ranks 4,636 out of 6,924Before her are Alex Kapranos (1972), Jule Styne (1905), Peter Sallis (1921), Harry Lloyd (1983), Ben Daniels (1964), and Alex Jennings (1957). After her are Rik Mayall (1958), Ian Wallace (1946), Freema Agyeman (1979), Benjamin Whitrow (1937), Richard Barbieri (1957), and Ann Packer (1942).

Among MATHEMATICIANS In United Kingdom

Among mathematicians born in United Kingdom, W. T. Tutte ranks 94Before her are I. J. Good (1916), Charles Hutton (1737), Joseph Wedderburn (1882), William Gemmell Cochran (1909), Simon Singh (1964), and Neil Sloane (1939). After her are Timothy Gowers (1963), Nigel Hitchin (1946), Stuart Milner-Barry (1906), Kathleen Ollerenshaw (1912), Keith Devlin (1947), and Dusa McDuff (1945).