cryptanalyst

noun
crypt·an·a·lyst | \krip-ˈta-nə-list \

Definition of cryptanalyst 

: a specialist in cryptanalysis

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And even though its also rare to find a statue of a male cryptanalyst, there are plenty of World War II soldiers valorized for their bravery with a monument. Liza Mundy, Smithsonian, "Why We Need to Start Building Monuments to Groundbreaking Women," 1 Mar. 2018 Agnes Meyer was a brilliant young teacher who would become one of the great cryptanalysts of all time. Born in 1889 in Illinois, Meyer studied mathematics, music, physics, and foreign languages. Liza Mundy, Slate Magazine, "The groundbreaking female naval cryptographer who helped change the course of World War II.," 10 Oct. 2017 The messages took months to decode, but in 1949 an FBI cryptanalyst discovered that a member of the British Embassy was spying for the KGB. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The Student and the Spy: How One Man’s Life Was Changed by the Cambridge Five," 10 Jan. 2017 In a move that would begin one of the most unusual pursuits in the history of American code-breaking — one that would remain largely unreported until now — the job was assigned to a rising star in the FBI, a cryptanalyst named Daniel Olson. Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, WIRED, "Tale of a Would-Be Spy, Buried Treasure, and Uncrackable Code," 25 Jan. 2010 The messages took months to decode, but in 1949 an FBI cryptanalyst discovered that a member of the British Embassy was spying for the KGB. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The Student and the Spy: How One Man’s Life Was Changed by the Cambridge Five," 10 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of cryptanalyst

1921, in the meaning defined above

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