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National Security Agency

Overview page. Subjects: Computing — Military History.

A US government agency charged with carrying out technical activities which support the US government's intelligence agencies. It is often abbreviated to NSA.

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Nye, Nathaniel (bap. 1624), mathematician and master gunner

Stephen Porter.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Mathematics; Military History; Land Forces and Warfare. 569 words.

Nye, Nathaniel (bap. 1624), mathematician and master gunner, was baptized at St Martin's, Birmingham, on 18 April 1624, the son of Allen Nye. A list of governors of King Edward VI's School,...

Robins, Benjamin (1707–1751), mathematician and military engineer

Brett D. Steele.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Mathematics; Military History; Warfare and Defence. 1823 words.

Robins, Benjamin (1707–1751), mathematician and military engineer, was born in Bath, the only son of John Robins (1666–1758), a tailor, and his wife, Sarah Broughton, Quakers of modest...

Rudd, Thomas (1583/4–1656), military engineer and mathematician

Andrew Saunders.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Mathematics; Military History; Warfare and Defence. 1071 words.

Rudd, Thomas (1583/4–1656), military engineer and mathematician, was born at Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, the son of Thomas Rudd, and the sixth of that name by descent belonging to...

Strachey, Oliver (1874–1960), cryptanalyst

Ralph Erskine.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Military History; Warfare and Defence; Numerical and Computational Mathematics. 1561 words.

Strachey, Oliver (1874–1960), cryptanalyst, was born on 3 November 1874 at Stowey House, Clapham Common, London, the third son among the thirteen children of Sir Richard Strachey...

Tiltman, John Hessell (1894–1982), cryptanalyst

D. R. Nicoll.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Military History; Warfare and Defence; Numerical and Computational Mathematics. 841 words.

Tiltman, John Hessell (1894–1982), cryptanalyst, was born at 70 Torrington Square, Bloomsbury, London, on 25 May 1894, the youngest in the family of one daughter and two sons of Alfred...

Tollet, George (d. 1719), mathematician and naval administrator

Michael Londry.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Mathematics; Military History; Naval Forces and Warfare. 1191 words.

Tollet, George (d. 1719), mathematician and naval administrator, is said to have lived to 'a very advanced age' (St Margaret's, 74), but his birth date and parentage are not known. He had...

Tutte, William Thomas [Bill] (1917–2002), mathematician and codebreaker

Norman Biggs.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

March 2009; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Mathematics; Military History; Warfare and Defence. 1174 words.

Tutte, William Thomas [Bill] (1917–2002), mathematician and codebreaker, was born on 14 May 1917 at Fitzroy House, Newmarket, the only child of William John Tutte (d. 1944), gardener, and...

Venable, Charles Scott

Karen Hunger Parshall.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Military History; Land Forces and Warfare; Mathematics. 1038 words.

Venable, Charles Scott (19 April 1827–11 August 1900), mathematician and soldier, was born at “Longwood” in Prince Edward County, Virginia, the son of Nathaniel E. Venable, a plantation...

Wallis, John (1616–1703), mathematician and cryptographer

Domenico Bertoloni Meli.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Mathematics; Military History; Warfare and Defence. 3408 words.

Wallis, John (1616–1703), mathematician and cryptographer, was born on 3 December 1616 at Ashford in Kent. He was the third of five children of the Revd John Wallis (1567–1622), son of...