Wright Museum Welcomes Professor Tom Perera to Lecture Series

On Tuesday, August 20 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Professor Tom Perera will present “Breaking the Secret ENIGMA Codes: The Real Story of the ‘Imitation Game.’” 

The event is part of Wright Museum’s 2019 Lecture Series, sponsored by Ron Goodgame and Donna Canney,

At the lecture, Perera will discuss the history of the Enigma machine, an encryption device used by Nazi Germany during WWII to protect important military communication. 

According to Museum Executive Director Mike Culver, the Enigma machine played an important role in WWII.

“The breaking of these Enigma codes helped shorten the war by two years and saved thousands of lives,” he said. “Perera has been studying these objects for the past 30 years, so I expect the audience will learn a lot about this interesting aspect of the war that often is not discussed.

A retired professor of neuroscience who specialized in research on the coding of information in the human brain and nervous system, Perera will explain how the Enigma works and the real story behind the “Imitation Game” movie. 

Perera is also the founder of the Enigma Museum, which is devoted to locating, restoring, preserving, documenting, and trading German Enigma machines.

“Breaking the Secret ENIGMA Codes: The Real Story of the ‘Imitation Game’”  takes place at Wright Museum, 77 Center Street in Wolfeboro. Admission is $3 for members and $8 for non-members. Seating is limited, and reservations can be made by calling 603-569-1212.