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Martin Hellman

Martin HellmanAKA Martin Edward Hellman

Born: 2-Oct-1945
Birthplace: New York City

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Inventor, Computer Programmer
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Public key cryptographer

Cryptologist Martin Hellman was the co-inventor, with Whitfield Diffie and Ralph Merkle in 1976, of public key cryptography (PKC). The Diffie-Hellman-Merkle key exchange system is used in protocols including the Secure Sockets Layer and Secure Shell, which allow secure processing of transactions on theinternet. PKC uses a "public key" and a "private key", allowing implementation of digital signatures and an encryption algorithm without requiring that sender and receiver first exchange a secret key.

Father: Robert Hellman physicist, b. circa 1909, d. 2007)
Mother: Adelaide Leifer Hellman (d. 1984)
Brother: Howard
Brother: Stephen
Wife: Dorothie

    High School: Bronx High School of Science, Bronx, NY (1962)
    University: BS Electrical Engineering, New York University (1966)
    University: MS Electrical Engineering, Stanford University (1967)
    University: PhD Electrical Engineering, Stanford University (1969)
    Teacher: Ass't Prof of Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1969-71)
    Teacher: Ass't Prof of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University (1971-75)
    Teacher: Assoc Prof of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University (1975-79)
    Professor: Electrical Engineering, Stanford University (1979-96)

    Hellman Associates Founder & President (1983-88)
    Binary Corporation Vice President (1975-76)
    IBM Watson Research Center (1968-69)
    PayPal Advisor
    VeriSign Scientific Advisory Board (2008-)
    TRW Summer Intern, 1967
    EFF Pioneer Award 1994
    National Computer Systems Security Award 1996
    ACM Kanellakis Award 1997
    Franklin Institute's Louis Edward Levy Medal 1997
    IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award 1999
    Marconi International Fellow Award 2000
    Journal of Cryptology Editorial Board (1992-95)
    IEEE Fellow, 1980
    International Association for Cryptologic Research 1996
    National Academy of Engineering 2002
    National Research Council National Cryptographic Policy Committee (1994-96)
    Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society
    Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society
    Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
    Daisy Alliance Board of Directors
    Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
    Foundation for Global Community
    Gore 2000
    Obama for America
    Jewish Ancestry

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Author of books:
Breakthrough: Emerging New Thinking (1987, non-fiction, with Anatoly Gromyko)

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