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Other late crypto experts, like Jack Levine, Louis Kruh, David Hamer, and David Shulman have left behind impressive collections, too. They are goldmines for crypto history enthusiasts like me.

However, no source I know mentions an Albert C. Leighton collection.

At HistoCrypt in Uppsala, Craig Bauer, the editor-in-chief of Cryptologia and author of the book Unsolved!, told me that he had tried to find out the whereabouts of Leighton’s files, too – but to no avail.

 

Can my readers help?

Perhaps, a reader can help in this situation. Does anybody know where and when Albert C. Leighton died? Did he have children I can contact? Did he or his descendants donate his research material (which is probably for the most part not crypto-related) to an archive or library? And do you know other crypto-related publications of Albert C. Leighton? If so, please let me know.


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Kommentare (11)

  1. #1 Thomas
    26. August 2018

    According to findagrave, he passed away om 23 Nov 2013 and is buried on the Fort Sam Houston cemetery in San Antonio

  2. #2 David Oranchak
    http://zodiackillerciphers.com
    26. August 2018

    Birth: 06 Nov 1919
    Death: 23 Nov 2013

    Obituary:
    http://zodiackillerciphers.com/images/albert-c-leighton-obituary.jpg

  3. #3 David Oranchak
    http://zodiackillerciphers.com
    26. August 2018

    Front of the obituary (includes his photo):
    http://zodiackillerciphers.com/images/albert-c-leighton-obituary2.jpg

    Article about a showing of his collection in 1974:
    https://www.newspapers.com/clip/23161687/the_poststandard/

  4. #4 Klaus Schmeh
    26. August 2018

    Thanks Thomas and thanks Dave! This is interesting information. This means that Leighton had, indeed, a collection that was worth exhibiting. Apparently, Leighton had a son, but his name is not mentioned.

  5. #5 Thomas Ernst
    Milky Way
    26. August 2018

    Just an addition to Leighton’s bibliography: back in 1967, he wrote a stellar overview of ancient cryptology, “Secret Communication among the Greeks and Romans”, in: Technology and Culture, X/2 (April 1969), pp. 139-154. He went right to the sources, e. g. Polybios, and his well written account has lost none of its freshness – it’s still the best summary of ancient cryptology. – The [positional] dot cipher appears to be the one Vigenère exemplified 1586 in his “Traicté” by means of stars and laurels.

  6. #6 David Oranchak
    http://zodiackillerciphers.com
    26. August 2018

    According to this site

    https://prabook.com/web/albert_chester.leighton/624787

    “Married Estella Ruth Dietel, January 17, 1958. Children: Cedric Edmund George”

  7. #7 Klaus Schmeh
    26. August 2018

    According to the following websites …
    https://www.beenverified.com/people/albert-leighton/
    https://www.myheritage.de/names/cedric_leighton
    … Albert Leighton’s son is probably named Cedric C. Leighton, born in 1962.

    It could be this guy:
    http://www.cedricleighton.com/about/
    At least, the facts that he went to Cornell (not too far from Oswego) and that he witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall (like Albert C. Leighton, who was in Berlin in 1989) fit well.

  8. #8 David Oranchak
    http://zodiackillerciphers.com
    26. August 2018
  9. #9 Klaus Schmeh
    26. August 2018

    @David: Thanks! It seems, we have come to the same conclusion at the same time.

  10. #10 Thomas
    27. August 2018

    Cedric Leighton is a military analyst. Maybe you can contact him regarding papers of his father: http://www.cedricleighton.com/contact/

  11. #11 S. Tomokiyo
    http://cryptiana.web.fc2.com/code/crypto.htm
    28. August 2018

    Very interesting. Thank you.
    One addition (a sequel to the 1969 paper):
    Further Information on a Papal Cipher of 1573
    https://www.jstor.org/stable/41044316?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents