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The shy schoolboy who grew into an historic codebreaker

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A revealing end of term school report criticising the codebreaker Alan Turing's "vague ideas" has gone on display in Cambridge.

Its one of a number of letters and documents that reveal how Alan Turing grew from a shy schoolboy into a codebreaker who changed the course of history.

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Of course most of us know that the codes generated by Enigma were cracked by Alan Turing and a team of mathematician linguists and puzzle experts working at Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes.

Now the exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge called Codebreakers and Groundbreakers, includes an original Enigma and its British counterpart the TypeX and objects which have never before been seen by the public.

An original Engima machine is also on display in the exhibition. Credit: ITV News Anglia

One of my favourites is a letter that he wrote to his mother from Princeton and in that letter he is musing about creating a general type of code. He's actually thinking about this. This is before the war, he's thinking about this already and he's thinking should he sell that idea to the Government.

– James Grime, Enigma Project