Thomas Harold Flowers was born in Poplar, London, England back in 1905. He was an apprentice in mechanical engineering at the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich but he also took evening classes at the University of London earning a degree in electrical engineering.
In 1926, he worked at the telecommunication branch of the General Post Office. In 1941, he was contacted by the War Department to help Alan Turing who was working at Bletchley Park to help break the German Enigma code. After the war, he returned to working for the General Post Office at their research station where he was placed in charge of the Highgate Wood Telephone Exchange. Later he was head of the advanced development at Standard Telephones and Cables Ltd. He died in 1998, he was 92.
What you may not know about Thomas is that he designed and built Colossus, the world’s first programmable electronic computer.
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