Tommy Flowers – 1944
Tommy Flowers, born in 1905 had a passion for machines and as a result studied an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering. Later he received his electrical engineering degree and began work at the British Post Office.
In 1941, Flowers began work with Alan Turing’s machine at Bletchley Park. From this began design on the Colossus. It was a machine that intercepted and decoded German messages in world war two. It worked 5 times faster than any previous code breakers.
This he did in his own time, with a lot of his own funding’s. We may not have won the war without the commitment, selflessness and bravery of Flowers. Through his vast knowledge and fascination for machines, he has been marked as ‘one of history’s most significant electrical engineers’.