Name: Ronald Linn Rivest
Born: 1947 Schenectady, New York, USA
- American born cryptographer and one of the inventors of the RSA algorithm.
- Inventor of the symmetric key encryption algorithms RC2, RC4, RC5, and co-inventor of RC6.
- Wrote the MD2, MD4, MD5, and MD6 cryptographic hash functions.
- Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor of Computer Science at MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS).
- Member of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).
- Introduction to Algorithms (2009).
- Advances in Cryptology (2008).
- Machine Learning: From Theory to Applications (1993).
- A Fast Multiport Memory Based on Single-Port Memory Cells (1991).
Honors and awards
- MITX Lifetime Achievement Award (2005).
- Finalist for the World Technology Award for Communications Technology (2002).
- Fellow of the World Technology Network (2002).
- Turing Award (2000).
- IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award (2000).
"I would like to see a process like the industry conducted for the AES algorithm to work on a new hash function that could be delivered by 2010. We are skating too close to the edge with the hash functions we use now."