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1892: Boris Hagelin inventor of Convertor M-209 cryptodevice, born

Tuesday, July 2, 2019
1892: Boris Hagelin inventor of Convertor M-209 cryptodevice, born

2 July 1892: Boris Hagelin inventor of Convertor M-209 cryptodevice, was born.

Boris Caesar Wilhelm Hagelin graduated from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1914. Hagelin, as part of the company Aktiebolaget Cryptoteknik, designed several cryptographic machines beginning in the 1920s. At the outbreak of World War II, he escaped to the United States and won a contract with the U.S. Army for a medium-level cryptographic device: the M-209. More than 140,000 of the compact machines were built for the Army and Navy earning Hagelin millions of dollars in royalties. He was the first man to become a millionaire from cryptology.

Hagelin and his wife Annie became life-long friends with American cryptologic pioneers William and Elizebeth Friedman. Pictured here with the Friedmans in May 1940. (l-r: William Friedman, Annie Hagelin, Elizebeth Friedman, Boris Hagelin)

Excerpt from www.ciphermachines.com: "In 1940, Hagelin took his C-38 to the US and sold his design to the US government. This machine was manufactured by the L.C. Smith-Corona Typewriter Company under license from Hagelin's firm. 140,000 M-209s were made during WW2, making Hagelin the first and possibly only millionaire from selling cipher technology."

Read about Boris Hagelin and the various machines he invented on www.ciphermachines.com.

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  • GRAB, first reconnaissance satellite, launched. GRAB - ("Galactic Radiation and Background," its cover, or codename TATTLETALE), was the world's first reconnaissance satellite and is on display at the National Cryptologic Museum. Photo from NSA Anniversary Timeline: Naval Research Lab Team at Cape Canaveral for spin test of GRAB1 atop Transit 2A. (Left to right) Martin J. Votaw, George G. Kronmiller, Alfred R. Conover and Roy A. Harding

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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.

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