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1894: Brigadier John H. Tiltman, only foreign citizen in Cryptologic Hall of Honor was born in London.

Saturday, May 25, 2019
1894: Brigadier John H. Tiltman, only foreign citizen in Cryptologic Hall of Honor was born in London.

25 May 1894: Brigadier John H. Tiltman was born in London on this date. Tiltman is the only foreign-born citizen in the NSA/CSS Cryptologic Hall of Honor. (See link below.) Considered one of Bletchley Park's finest cryptanalysts on non-machine systems, Tiltman also had an important role in solving the German TUNNY machine system. He was an early and persistent advocate of British cooperation with the United States in cryptology. All totaled, he spent 60 years at the cutting edge of SIGINT. Learn more about him in the NSA Publication, "Brigadier John Tiltman: A Giant Among Cryptanalysts" via the link below. Photo is of William Friedman (left) with John Tiltman and is courtesy of the George C. Marshall Foundation.

John Tiltman made the transition from the manual ciphers of the early 20th century to the sophisticated machine systems of the latter half of the century. "The Brig," as he was affectionately known in both countries, compiled a lengthy record of high achievement. His efforts at training and his attention to all the many facets that make up cryptology inspired the best in all who encountered him.

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  • In July 1993, the National Cryptologic Museum was first opened to NSA employees and their families, and to other members of the Intelligence Community. This photo is of the main exhibit room as it appeared in July 1993 - courtesy of former curator Jack Ingram.

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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.