The Bletchley Park Trust today received a donation of £550,000 from search giant Google - helping to tip the site towards the £4.6 million 'match' fund it needs to receive National Lottery funding. Peter Barron, Director of External Relations for Google, said, 'The Bletchley Park Trust has been doing great work to honour Alan Turing and the codebreakers who helped shorten World War II and to educate the next generation about the history of modern computing.' Manchester don Turing devised an 'electromechanical' machine that could break the code used by the German Navy. He is widely seen as the father of modern computing - but was persecuted for his homosexuality, and committed suicide in 1954 by eating a cyanide-laced apple. Simon Greenish, CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust, said, 'We are tremendously grateful to Google for bringing us considerably closer to achieving our development aims. 'It would be wonderful if other donors follow Googles example to help preserve our computing heritage. We could then proceed as soon as possible with restoration of the profoundly historically significant codebreaking huts.... Google donates £500,000 to restore derelict huts where British mathematicians cracked the Nazi Enigma code I don't know where the irony is in this but seeing as all our technological advances went State side after the war I think this is the least they could do. Best wishes, Jack.