THE CRYOTRON FILES
Author Iain Dey & Douglas Buck Price £20 Publisher Icon Books
Dudley Buck invented an early version of the microchip. He also moonlighted for the NSA, developing code-cracking supercomputers and guidance for nuclear missiles. However, Buck died aged 35 – days after Soviet scientists visited his MIT lab. Was he killed? Journalist Iain Dey makes some bold claims in his new biography, some of which can’t be substantiated. But by drawing on Buck’s personal papers, the author vividly uncovers the life of a forgotten pioneer of the Information Age, as well as the Cold War struggle for computer dominance.