Mathematics professor and wartime code-breaker honoured

Waterloo names street after William Tutte, the Bletchley Park code-breaker and brilliant mathematician who helped establish the reputation of the Faculty of Mathematics

By Staff

Faculty of Mathematics


Professor William Tutte

A road that runs between the three Faculty of Mathematics buildings on campus is being named in honour of William Tutte, a brilliant mathematics professor who helped establish the Faculty as a global powerhouse.

During his decorated career at the University, from 1962-1995, nobody knew that he had been one of the brilliant minds of Bletchley Park, the site of the legendary team of wartime codebreakers of the Second World War. Tutte is credited with saving millions of lives by hastening the end of the war by about two years.

The naming ceremony takes place on Friday May 12, in line with what would have been Professor Tutte’s 100th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the Faculty of Mathematics.

Read the full story of Professor William Tutte’s extraordinary career.