Roger Needham

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Roger NeedhamName: Roger Needham

Born: February 9, 1935, Sheffield

Death: March 1, 2003 (Age: 68)

Computer-related contributions

  • British computer scientist. Known for BAN logic; Tiny Encryption Algorithm; XTEA.
  • Developed the Burrows-Abadi-Needham logic for authentication, generally known as the BAN logic.
  • His Needham-Schroeder (co-invented with Michael Schroeder) security protocol forms the basis of the Kerberos authentication and key exchange system.

Honors and awards

  • Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
  • The British Computer Society, in 2004, established an annual Roger Needham Award in Needham's honor.


"An improvement is something your program will not work with and a bug fix is something it will not work without."