A project to remember Newmarket-born wartime codebreaker, Bill Tutte, has inspired the creation of a maths club for young people.
The maths and science departments at Newmarket College, have set up the Bill Tutte maths club to encourage local students to develop their science, technology, engineering and maths skills.
The club was established as part of a local effort to commemorate Bill Tutte who was born at Newmarket’s Fitzroy Stables and went on to become one of the greatest mathematicians of his generations.
From Trinity College, Cambridge he was recruited to work as a code breaker at Bletchley Park Britain’s ‘Fortress of Secrets’ and it was there that he cracked the Nazi Lorenz code, used by the German’s most senior commanders. Unlike Alan Turing, who broke the Enigma code and who achievements were widely recognised, Bill Tutte’s war work remained shrouded in secrecy until shortly before his death in 2002.
The Bill Tutte Memorial working group is raising funds to establish a permanent memorial on Rutland Hill.