01/23/2015 04:31 EST | Updated 03/25/2015 05:59 EDT

Winston Churchill's love of science helped Britain win WW II

Former British prime minister Winston Churchill's fascination with science led to the scientific achievements that helped his country win World War II and contributed to U.K. leadership in science today, Mattia Cabitza reports.

It's 50 years on Jan. 24 since the death of Churchill, one of the greatest and most iconic leaders of the 20th century. During the Second World War, he led his country from the brink of defeat to victory against Nazi Germany, and his can-do attitude in the face of adversity continues to inspire leaders.

To mark the anniversary, a new exhibition has just opened at the Science Museum in London, looking at how Churchill's fascination with science not only led to the scientific achievements that helped Britain win the war, but also contributed to British leadership in the world of science today. Mattia Cabitza reports from the museum.