Ralph Merkle

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Ralph C. Merkle (born February 2, 1952) is a computer scientist. He is one of the inventors of public key cryptography, the inventor of cryptographic hashing, and more recently a researcher and speaker of cryonics.



  • 1996 Paris Kanellakis Award
  • 1996 ACM Award for the Invention of Public Key Cryptography.[8]
  • 1998 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology for computational modeling of molecular tools for atomically-precise chemical reactions[9]
  • 1999 IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award[10]
  • 2000 RSA award for the invention of public key cryptography.[11]
  • 2008 International Association for Cryptographic Research (IACR) fellow for the invention of public key cryptography.[12]
  • 2010 IEEE Hamming Medal for the invention of public key cryptography[13]
  • 2011 Computer History Museum Fellow "for his work, with Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman, on public key cryptography."[14]
  • 2011 National Inventors Hall of Fame, for the invention of public key cryptography[15]
  • 2012 National Cyber Security Hall of Fame inductee

Nanotechnology & Cryonics – Preserving Ourselves for the Future, August 2017

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