Ron Rivest

Ronald Linn Rivest ( born 1947 in Schenectady, New York ) is an American mathematician and cryptologist. Together with Adi Shamir and Leonard Adleman, he is one of the inventors of the RSA cryptosystem and Turing Award winner of the year 2002.


Rivest in 1969 made ​​the bachelor's degree at Yale University. Five years later, Rivest finished his doctorate at Stanford University in California. Rivest is currently (2009) Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

In addition to RSA Rivest developed more ciphers. These bear the initials of his name and called Ron 's Code ( Rivest Cipher or ) 2-6 (RC2, RC4, RC5 and RC6 ). It is in these both to current and to block ciphers. Rivest also participated in the development of the hash algorithms MD2, MD4, MD5 and MD6.

In 1998, he presented with chaffing and winnowing before a confidentiality procedures for data communication that works without data encryption.

Rivest Adi Shamir and Leonard heard with Adleman also one of the three founders of the company RSA Security. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Rome. In 1996 he received the Paris Kanellakis Award.


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