Tireless campaigner Sue Black, who played a huge role in saving WWII codebreaking site Bletchley Park, has received the most appropriate wedding proposal.
In case you missed it, this week computer scientist Sue Black received what is probably the geekiest – and most appropriate wedding proposal.
A few months ago, Black received a New Years honour for her efforts to save Bletchley Park (the central site of the Government Code and Cypher School which regularly penetrated secret communications during World War II).
The dilapidated huts where Alan Turing and thousands of others worked to break German codes now stand refurbished and an on-site museum has attracted nearly 300,000 visitors in 2015. Black has even written a book documenting the campaign called Saving Bletchley Park (published on Unbound).
Receiving an OBE for her service to Bletchley Park was apparently Black’s “proudest achievement”, but she also inspires new generations of young women into tech.
Last year, for example, Black appeared on hit BBC series Girls Can Code alongside Hassle.com founder Alex Depledge, 3D printing pioneer Roberta Lucca, mindfulness guru Kate Unsworth, and influential investor Eileen Burbidge.
Is it any wonder then, that the academic (who also teaches at UCL) was this week proposed to in code?
Black shared the news that her fiancé Paul had sent her an encrypted proposal on Monday over Twitter.
This simply read:
However, once this is run through a decryption machine it clearly translates as: “Will you marry me.”
I didn't know what the message was, Paul told me to click 'decrypt' and when I did the message appeared ?❤️? #enigmaweddingproposal— Dr Sue Black OBE (@Dr_Black) March 1, 2016
If only there were more opportunities to use the hashtag #enigmaweddingproposal.
We’d like to send our congratulations to Black about her happy announcement.
Kitty Knowles is a Senior Features Writer at The Memo. Kitty previously worked as an online journalist for GQ. She can be found tweeting @KittyGKnowles.