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.
- 1998 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology for computational modeling of molecular tools for atomically-precise chemical reactions
- 1999 IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award
- 2000 RSA award for the invention of public key cryptography.
- 2008 International Association for Cryptographic Research (IACR) fellow for the invention of public key cryptography.
- 2010 IEEE Hamming Medal for the invention of public key cryptography
- 2011 Computer History Museum Fellow "for his work, with Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman, on public key cryptography."
- 2011 National Inventors Hall of Fame, for the invention of public key cryptography
- 2012 National Cyber Security Hall of Fame inductee
Nanotechnology & Cryonics – Preserving Ourselves for the Future, August 2017
- Ralph Merkle's Home Page
- Ralph Merkle proposes a self-improving DAO democracy
- Ralph Merkle on Wikipedia