Boris Caesar Wilhelm Hagelin was born in Adshikent, Azerbaijan. He attended Lundsberg Boarding School. After graduation, he enrolled at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. He graduated with a mechanical engineering degree in 1914. At the beginning of WWII, he moved from Sweden to Switzerland carrying the design for a new machine he had been working on.
His trip took him through Germany including Berlin before reaching Genoa. His design was small and cheap. He convinced the United States Military to adopt it. Many tens of thousands were made and he became a millionaire. He died in 1983.
What you may not know about Boris is that he was the inventor of the modern (WWII era) encryption machine. The most popular was the M-209
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