Security SIG: The Evolution of Public Key Cryptography



  • Monthly Meeting of the Security SIG



    Dr. Martin Hellman, The Co-Inventor of Public Key Cryptography

    About The Presenter


    Dr. Martin Hellman, The Co-Inventor of Public Key Cryptography

    Prof. Hellman is best known for his invention, with Diffie and Merkle, of public key cryptography ("Diffie-Hellman Algorithm"). He has also been a long-time contributor to the computer privacy debate, starting with the issue of DES's key size in 1975 and culminating with service (1994-96) on the National Research Council's Committee to Study National Cryptographic Policy.

    Martin E. Hellman was born in New York, NY on October 2, 1945. He received his BE(EE) from New York University in 1966, and his MSEE and Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1967 and 1969.

    Prof. Hellman was a researcher at IBM's Watson Research Center from 1968-69 and an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT from 1969-71. He returned to Stanford in 1971, where he served on the regular faculty until becoming Professor Emeritus of EE in 1996. He has served as Associate Chair of the EE Department, Chairman of EE Graduate Admissions, and as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies for minority student affairs. He has authored over 60 technical papers, 5 US, and a number of corresponding foreign patents.

    His work in cryptography has been recognized by a number of awards, notably the 1978 IEEE Information Theory Group's Best Paper Award, election as a Fellow of the IEEE (1980), the IEEE's 1981 Donald G. Fink award, a 1984 IEEE Centennial Medal, the Electronic Frontier Foundation 1994 Pioneer Award, the 1996 National Computer Systems Security Award, the 1997 Franklin Institute's Levy Medal, the 1997 ACM Kanellakis Award, an IEEE Information Theory Golden Jubilee Award (1998), the 2000 Marconi International Fellow Award, and election to the National Academy of Engineering (2002).

    Prof. Hellman's professional activities included service as a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Group, chairman of the 1979 IEEE Information Theory Workshop, an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Communications, and an editor of the Journal of Cryptology.

    He also has a deep interest in the ethics of technological development. With Prof. Anatoly Gromyko of Moscow, he co-edited Breakthrough: Emerging New Thinking, a book published simultaneously in Russian and English in 1988 during the rapid change in Soviet-American relations. His work to develop an environment in which students of diverse backgrounds can function to the best of their ability has been recognized by four teaching awards, including three from minority student organizations.

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    7:00-9:00pm presentation and discussion



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