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Meet Martin Black: Young wizard going a long way (with video)
Jun 12th, 2013 by Warren Swil

Doctoral candidate built

this web site in record time

Martin Black and I enjoy a warm, sunny spring day on the patio at the Eagle pub in Cambridge, England on June 3. Both of us are redheads. He is heading south – very far south – this winter. © SGE, Inc. All rights reserved.

HE IS A  Ph.D. student at the British Antarctic Survey, with a grant to spend the next Southern Hemisphere summer (January and February) conducting research in the Antarctic.
He obtained his Masters in geography from Durham University.
Martin Black, 22, is also a genius at CSS code with which he built this website, “In the (K)now” in about a week in early May.
“It pays the rent,” he told me when we had lunch June 3 in the quaint but enchanting town of Cambridge, U.K., home to the campus of the eponymous, world-renowned educational institution.
“It is really easy to program for [Wordpress, the platform on which this blog is based],” Black added, as if it was something I could do in a snap.
He then tosssed out words like “PHP” (a computer language) and “SQL” (structured query language) … and I was totally lost. I took a sip of the Greene King IPA Gold beer he selected for me. (I always choose the local specialty, if I can find out what it is.)

WATCH A VIDEO BELOW THE FOLD


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