World of Alice Author and WWII Codebreaker Mavis Batey Dies at 92

Batey Oxford Book CoverIf you are reading this post, you are likely a Carrollian, and as such, if you know the name Mavis Batey, it is probably because of her books Alice’s Adventures in Oxford (1980), and The World of Alice, published in 1998, the year of the Carroll Centenary at Christ Church College, Oxford.

We regret to report that Mrs. Batey passed away on November 12th at the age of 92.  She was a brilliant and gracious person, and will be missed by many.  But her publications about Alice, and English gardens, are not her only legacy.  In her youth, she was a key part of the British government’s secret Bletchley Park  code breaking team during World War II, and made a number of significant contributions to crucial code breaking efforts (including deciphering the first message from one of the infamous German “Enigma” machines) that helped turn the tide in the war.

To read more about Mrs. Batey’s contributions while at Bletchley Park in the Washington Post, click me.

To read an obituary in The Telegraph with more details about her work at Bletchley, click me.

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