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Cooper, Joshua Edward Synge (1901–1981), cryptanalyst and intelligence officer, was born on 3 April 1901 in Fulham, the son of Richard Edward Synge Cooper, a chartered engineer, and his wife, Mary Eleanor, youngest daughter of William Burke. Joshua was the eldest of five children, four sons and a daughter, all brought up in ...

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Alexander Guthrie Denniston (1881–1961) by Lafayette, 1933 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Denniston, Alexander Guthrie [Alastair] (1881–1961), cryptanalyst and intelligence officer, was born on 1 December 1881 at Greenock, the eldest child of James Denniston, a medical practitioner, and his wife, Agnes Guthrie. He was educated at Bowdon College, Cheshire, and at the universities of ...

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Phelippes, Thomas (c. 1556–1625x7), cryptographer and intelligence gatherer, was the first son of William Philipps (d. 1590), a cloth merchant and customs officer for wool in the port of London, and his wife, Joan (d. 1613), daughter of Thomas Houghton. Little is known of ...