Welcome to the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation. The NCMF directly supports the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), the first public museum in the U.S. Intelligence Community.

  • ...The nation’s brightest young minds to consider careers in STEM and cyber related fields

  • ...Robust dialog with the American public on cyber policy, technology, and privacy

  • ...Those who “served in silence” with valor and distinction, especially those who gave their lives in service

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Polish mathematicians & code breakers made the first breakthroughs against Nazi Germany's Enigma code.......

Remembering John and Alicia Nash ~ A Beautiful Life

Remembering John and Alicia Nash ~ A Beautiful Life

We were very saddened to learn of the passing of both John and Alicia Nash on 23 May 2015. John, 86 and Alicia, 82, were killed in a car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike as they returned home from a trip to Norway where John had received awards. There is no question that this revered mathematician and inspiring couple will be missed. Our world was made far better by having them in it. Read this article in The Atlantic that explores "John Nash's Beautiful Life."

John Nash, a renowned mathematician whose life was dramatized in the Oscar-winning film, A Beautiful Mind recently received the Abel Prize for his revered work in mathematics, and in 1994 was awarded the Nobel Laureate Prize for his work in economics. He has the distinction of being the first to receive both awards.

Nash, who suffered schizophrenia, often credits his successes to his amazing wife, Alicia, who stood by him, believed in him, and loved him through it all. Though he inspired many with his work, the couple's steadfast love and devotion inspired many more. And Nash's courage in the face of such a challenging condition, helped many others to believe in their own healing abilities.

John and Alicia Nash are considered heroes in the mental health field due to their efforts to help break down stereotypes and humanize people with mental illness. The couple's son, John Charles Nash, (also a mathematician) is also living with schizophrenia.

In a Princeton.edu news story, Nash is described by former students as the professor who would spend time with students after class, challenging one another with mathematical puzzles. With a playful attitude, Nash treated mathematics as a sport in a way that inspired his students and colleagues. Many years later, he still continued to be inspiring and approachable.

When visiting the National Cryptologic Museum, don't forget to check out the AN INQUISITIVE MIND: JOHN NASH LETTERS exhibit featuring copies of correspondence between Dr. Nash and the National Security Agency (NSA) from the 1950s when he was developing his ideas on an encryption-decryption machine. If you aren't able to visit, you can view PDFs of the letters online.


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  • President Ronald Reagan declared this day Navajo Code Talkers Day.

About Us

The NCMF directly supports the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM), the first public museum in the U.S. Intelligence Community. We think you will agree it is truly a "museum like no other."

Located adjacent to the National Security Agency (NSA) in Maryland, the NCM houses a priceless collection of artifacts that represent our Nation's history in code making and code breaking, as well as a world class library of cryptologic media. The NCMF acquires the best artifacts for the NCM and supports new educational and interactive exhibits.

The NCMF provides exceptional cryptologic programs throughout the year, encourages young minds to explore cryptology and innovation through valued awards, and hosts educational, cryptology-related exhibits at various community events.

As part of the Foundation's partnership with NSA to build the Cyber Center for Education and Innovation - Home of the National Cryptologic Museum (CCEI-NCM), the NCMF also serves as a leader in the field of cybersecurity - striving to provide the best in educational resources and programs.

The NCMF and NCM share a joint three-fold mission to Educate, Stimulate, and Commemorate. Learn more about our MISSION.