Ronald Rivest

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Ronald Rivest

Name: Ronald Linn Rivest

Born: 1947 Schenectady, New York, USA

Computer-related contributions

  • 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).

Significant publications

  • 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."

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