Free and Open to the Public
The Ruth Enlow Library will host a lecture by Dr. Gerald Pops on the breaking of the "Japanese Purple Cipher" in 1940 by William Friedman and his fellow cryptanalysts, and its subsequent use during World War II in the Pacific. The lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, April 5, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Oakland Library and is free and open to the public. To register for this event, contact Bonnie at 301-334-3996 x117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friedman, who was a pioneer in the field of cryptology, became the chief cryptanalyst in the War Department’s Signal Intelligence Service, “notably leading the teams that broke various Japanese codes, including ultimately the Purple machine cipher initiated by Japan in 1939,” according to Britannica.com.
“William Friedman is a legend in the cryptology world – his painstaking work, prolific writings, and brilliant accomplishments set a standard in the field that has yet to be challenged,” wrote Ruth Quinn in her article “William F. Friedman – Master Code-Breaker.”
Dr. Pops, who is Professor Emeritus of Public Administration at West Virginia University, attended the University of California at Los Angeles, graduating in pre-medicine. He received his law degree at the University of California, Berkeley, and a doctoral degree in public administration from Syracuse University. He served as an Air Force judge advocate and a legislative analyst with the California legislature, taught political science at Northern Arizona University before joining the faculty at West Virginia University, and was a Fulbright Lecturer in 1993 and 2001.
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