100 Moments That Rocked Computer Science

By Alice Duthie
on 16 May 2023

100 Moments that Rocked Computer Science, a podcast that made the Apple Top-10 in its first series, takes the listener on an entertaining tour of computing history one groundbreaking moment at a time.

Host Prof. Sue Black OBE is a professor of computer science at Durham University and a social activist known for saving Bletchley Park using the power of social media.

Listen in as Sue chats with tech pioneers about the human stories behind each moment and discusses their personal contributions to the tech that changed the world.

Series 2 moments will include the birth of quantum computing, the rise of portable computers and the explosion of 3G. New for this series, Sue invites two computer science students to help break down each week’s moment and consider what the world would look like without them and what the future may hold.

The guests in this 6-episode series are:

  • Lopa Patel (digital entrepreneur and chair of Diversity UK)
  • Priya Lakhani (CEO of Century Tech, which uses AI in education)
  • Jacky Wright (CDO at Microsoft)
  • Tom Ilube (CEO of Crossword Cybersecurity and former CIO of online bank Egg)
  • Dame Steve Shirley (1960s software pioneer) and
  • Jimmy Wales (founder of Wikipedia).
Prof. Sue Black OBE
Prof. Sue Black OBE

About Prof. Sue Black OBE

“If anyone can convince the world about Computer Science it’s Sue!” – Martha Lane Fox (co-founded LastMinute.com)

Prof. Sue Black OBE overcame a disadvantaged start (she left school at 16 and by 25 was living at a women’s refuge with 3 small children) to become one of the most high-profile computer scientists in the country, picking up an OBE along the way for services to technology (2016). Now a professor at Durham University, Prof. Black is on a mission to recruit more women and under-represented groups into computer science.

Celebrated for her successful social media campaign to preserve Bletchley Park, Prof. Black went on to author the best-selling book Saving Bletchley Park. As founder of BCSWomen, the UK’s first online network for women in tech, and #techmums, a social enterprise that empowers mothers through technology, Prof. Black has appeared often in the media to champion women in STEM. Other notable media appearances include Infinite Monkey Cage, Desert Island Discs and BBC3’s Girls Can Code.

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