Bailey Diffie

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Bailey Diffie

Name: Bailey Whitfield (Whit) Diffie

Born: June 5, 1944, in Washington, D.C.

Computer-related contributions

  • American cryptographer and one of the pioneers of public-key cryptography.
  • In the early 1970s, Diffie worked with Martin Hellman to develop the fundamental ideas of dual-key or public key cryptography. They published their results in 1976—solving one of the fundamental problems of cryptography, key distribution. The solution has become known as Diffie–Hellman key exchange.
  • Currently serving as the Vice President for Information Security and Cryptography at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Significant publications

  • Privacy on the Line co-authored with Susan Landau (1998).

Honors and awards

  • Kanellakis Award (1976).
  • Hamming Medal (2010).

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