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Cracking the Nazis’ Lorenz code translated into lives saved on many battlefields — and the invasion of Normandy was one of the most critical.

The Mathematician who put Waterloo on the map

It’s hard to truly grasp the extent to which Tutte’s mathematical genius helped tip the scales in the Allies’ favour. Yet Tutte’s cryptography work essentially came to an end when the war ended — and it was his pioneering work in another field of mathematics for which he was so revered.

Alfred Menezes, Chair of the University of Waterloo’s Department of Combinatorics and Optimization, says Tutte’s contributions to the University generally — and the Faculty of Mathematics specifically — were monumental.