Peter Marychurch

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Sir Peter Harvey Marychurch KCMG (born 13 June 1927[1]) is a former Director of the British signals intelligence agency, GCHQ, a post he held from 1983 to 1989.

Career[edit]

Educated at The John Lyon School, Marychurch served in the Royal Air Force immediately after the Second World War and then joined GCHQ in 1948.[2] According to the memoirs of a former MI5 intelligence officer, in the 1960s, Marychurch, then a young GCHQ cryptanalyst, applied computerised cluster analysis to the problem of traffic analysis of espionage traffic.[3] Marychurch lends his name to the "Sir Peter Marychurch award", an honour given annually for work in international cryptology.[4] He spent several years working at the Government Communications Security Bureau, New Zealand's SIGINT agency.[5] He became Director in 1983 and at the request of the Government continued in that role until 1989.[6]

He has also served as the chairman of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music from 1994 to 2000.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Birthdays Tomorrow The Independent, 12 June 1993
  2. ^ Who's Who 2010, A & C Black, 2010, ISBN 978-1-4081-1414-8
  3. ^ Peter Wright, Spycatcher, p. 153, 1987
  4. ^ Office of the Director of National Intelligence
  5. ^ Aldrich, David, GCHQ, Harper Press, 2010, ISBN 978-0-00-727847-3, p.445
  6. ^ Hansard 22 July 1986
  7. ^ Royal School of Music Annual Review 2000
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Brian Tovey
Director of GCHQ
1983–1989
Succeeded by
Sir John Adye