Ron Rivest

IRL Name: 
Ronald Linn Rivest

Ronald Rivest was born on 1947 in Schenectady, New York. He is a notable cryptographer who is one of the inventors of the RSA algorithm (along with Adi Shamir and Len Adleman). He is the inventor of the symmetric key encryption algorithms RC2, RC4, RC5, and co-inventor of RC6. He was also a founder of RSA Data Security (now merged with Security Dynamics to form RSA Security) and of Peppercoin.


He also authored the MD2, MD4, MD5 and MD6 cryptographic hash functions.

In 2006, he published his invention of the ThreeBallot voting system, an innovative voting system that incorporates the ability for the voter to discern that their vote was counted while still protecting their voter privacy.

Rivest was named the 2007 the Marconi Fellow, and on May 29, 2008 he also gave the Chesley lecture at Carleton College.