Monday, October 1, 2012

Code Breaker

Did you know we had female code breakers during both world wars?  Me neither.  Right now I'm reading Inferno by Max Hastings, a riveting history of World War II.  Hastings lauds the work of Joseph Rochefort, a cryptanalyst at Pearl Harbor, who played an instrumental role in the battle of Midway.  I looked up Rochefort on Wikipedia, which led me in turn to this woman:

Agnes Meyer Driscoll.  She graduated from Ohio State University with majors in mathematics, physics, foreign languages and music.  Having no talent in languages, science or music, the thought of one of those is enough to send me into a panic.  Imagine mastering all four.

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