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Posted on Wednesday 16th March

Lord Asa Briggs, a well-respected historian and advocate of education, passed away peacefully at his East-Sussex home in Lewes on 15 March 2016.

He led an incredible, fast-paced life and contributed his expertise to a huge number of educational institutes, helping to establish the Open University and Sussex University. In 1943 he was stationed at Bletchley Park, where he worked at the code-breaking station that eventually deciphered Germany's Enigma code.

Born in Keighley, Yorkshire, Briggs attended Cambridge University where he graduated with a BA in 1941, and a BSc in Economics from the University of London External Programme later that same year.

Briggs told History Today about his University interview: "The history fellow who interviewed me in December 1937 - I was only 16 then - said: 'Briggs, you are only a baby, but there is going to be a war and I would like you to take your degree before you go into uniform'."

In 1976, Lord Briggs was made a life peer and sat as a crossbencher.

He was a great and influential man who will be missed my many. Pen & Sword Books is incredibly proud to publish his trilogy of Frontline titles.

Further Reading

Secret Days

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Secret Days

(Hardback - 256 pages)
by Asa Briggs

The Bletchley Park memoir of Lord ASA Briggs will be one of the most important documents to be published in 2010. Lord Briggs has long been regarded as one of Britain's most important historians. He has never, however, written about his time at Bletchley Park.

The publication, which will coincide with Lord Briggs 90th birthday, is a meticulously researched account of life in Hut Six, written by a codebreaker who worked there… Read more...

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