Shafi Goldwasser

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Shafi Goldwasser

Name: Shafi Goldwasser

Born: 1958 in New York City, USA

Computer-related contributions

  • Professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, and a professor of mathematical sciences at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.
  • She is a member of the Theory of Computation group at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
  • Co-inventor of zero-knowledge proofs, which demonstrate the validity of an assertion without conveying any additional knowledge, and are a key tool in the design of cryptographic protocols.

Honors and awards

  • Gödel Prize in theoretical computer science (1993 and 2001).
  • ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award (1996).
  • RSA Award in Mathematics (1998).
  • Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2001).
  • Elected to the National Academy of Science (2004).
  • Received the Athena Lecturer Award of the Association for Computing Machinery's Committee on Women in Computing (2008).
  • Received the IEEE Emanuel R. Piore Award (2011).