Alfred Dillwyn Knox was born in England back in 1884. He was educated at Summer Fields School, Oxford and Eton College. He continued his education at King’s College. After graduation, he was recruited to the Royal Navy’s cryptologic unit just after the outbreak of World War I.
After the war he wanted to resume his research at King’s College, however his wife persuaded him to remain with the Royal Navy. His work was so top secret, even his children only found out about what he done many years after his death. He died in 1943 from lymphoma he was 58.
What you may not know about Alfred is that in 194, he discovered the method that broke the Italian Naval Enigma, which provided the Allied victory at the Battle of Cape Matapan, he also broke the Abwehr Enigma. By the end of the war he had disseminated 140,800 Abwehr decrypts, including the intelligence important for D-Day.
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