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Charles Babbage. Had he been slightly less chaotic, and more systematic, he would be the greatest champion of cryptanalysis in history. But he wasn’t. Although it is not clear whether he couldn’t publish his full results due to the Crimean War, and information embargo imposed on him.   

Giovan Battista Bellaso was born in 1505 and little more is known about him. Perhaps also due to the fact that this co-inventor of polyalphabetic cipher was quite cryptic also about himself. For example he explained the phenomena of free falling balls of iron and wood 40 years before Galileo – but encrypted the message so thoroughly that nobody has been able do decrypt it.  

Picture – Galileo as seen by Ottavio Leoni, 1624.