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Whitfield Diffie And Martin Hellman Won Acm 2015 A M Turing Award

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The deserving two, Stanford’s cryptographers who brought up cryptography from a shadowy realm to the public space have been conferred upon the A M Turing Award 2015 of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). The Award is often referred to as the “Nobel Prize for Computing” that comes with a whooping $1 million prize funded by Google.

2015 Turing Award


  • It is a method of storing and transmitting data in a particular form so that it can be read its intended receivers only.
  • The aforesaid Awardees are into Public-Key Cryptography which is a method of scrambling data in which each party has a pair of keys, one which can be shared publicly and the other with the intended recipient.

The Awardees presented the paper New Directions in Cryptographyin 1976 which proposed the possibility of allowing people to communicate over an open channel, with no pre-arrangement but keeping their information secret from potential eavesdroppers.

  • They came up with the idea of digital signatures which have become a critical aspect of the modern security architecture.
  • It was a major breakthrough that enabled modern e-commerce and secured connection over the internet.
  • This paper is widely viewed as the birth of modern Cryptography.