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Whitfield ‘Whit’ Diffie

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Whitfield ‘Whit’ Diffie
2015 A.M. Turing Award Laureates

Bailey Whitfield ‘Whit’ Diffie, ForMemRS, is an American cryptographer and one of the pioneers of public-key cryptography along with Martin Hellman and Ralph Merkle. Diffie and Hellman’s 1976 paper New Directions in Cryptography introduced a radically new method of distributing cryptographic keys, that helped solve key distribution—a fundamental problem in cryptography. Their technique became known as Diffie–Hellman key exchange. The article stimulated the almost immediate public development of a new class of encryption algorithms, the asymmetric key algorithms.

In 2015, he was awarded Turing Award with his colleague Martin Hellman “for inventing and promulgating both asymmetric public-key cryptography, including its application to digital signatures, and a practical cryptographic key-exchange method.”

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