Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Name: Ralph C. Merkle
Born: February 2, 1952
- One of the inventors of public key cryptography.
- Inventor of cryptographic hashing.
- Researcher and speaker on molecular nanotechnology and cryonics.
- Designed the Khufu and Khafre block ciphers, and the Snefru hash function while at Xerox PARC.
- Kinematic Self-Replicating Machines (2004).
- Secrecy, authentication, and public key systems (1982).
Honors and awards
- National Inventor's Hall of Fame (2011).
- Computer History Museum Fellow (2011).
- Awarded the IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal (2010).
- IACR fellow for the invention of public key cryptography (2008).
- IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award (1999).
"Nanotechnology is an idea that most people simply didn't believe."