Babbage, Dennis William (1909-1991), mathematician and Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge

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Babbage, Dennis William (1909-1991), mathematician and Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge

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  • Dennis William Babbage OBE, PhD

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26 April 1909 - 9 June 1991


Matriculated in 1927 and achieved a first class in all parts of the Mathematical Tripos.

Chief Cryptographer at Bletchley Park, during the Second World War, where ‘the outstanding skill and inventiveness of Dennis Babbage and his team’ is now acknowledged (D. Taunt), together with his legendary skill at billiards (Michael Smith, Station X: the code-breakers of Bletchley Park (2000) p 41).

Bye-Fellow, 1931 - 1933
Fellow, 1933 - 1991
Director of Studies in Mathematics, 1934 - 1977
Tutor, 1946
Senior Tutor, 1964 - 1973
President 1973 - 1979 (Acting Master, Michaelmas, 1978)
University Lecturer, 1936 - 1976
Senior Proctor, 1953 - 1954

In March 1962 he married Stephana Gaselee, daughter of Lady Gaselee and the late Sir Stephen Gaselee (Fellow of Magdalene, 1908 - 1943).

He was a distant relative of the 19th century mathematician Charles Babbage but was not a descendant.


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