Martin Hellman

Martin Hellman

2015 Turing Award

Martin Edward Hellman is an American cryptologist,Professor Emeritus of Stanford University. In 2015, he was awarded Turing Prize with Whitfield Diffie for inventing and promulgating both asymmetric public-key cryptography, including its application to digital signatures, and a practical cryptographic key-exchange method.

Education and Work Experience
  • 1969, Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
  • 1971-1996, Professor in Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
  • 1996-Present, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University 
Honors and Awards
    • 1984, IEEE Centennial Medal
    • 2002, Member, The United States National Academy of Engineering
    • 2011, The United States National Inventors Hall of Fame
    • 2012, RSA Lifetime Achievement Award
    • 2015, ACM Turing Award, with W. Diffie
Major Academic Achievements

Hellman and Whitfield Diffie's paper New Directions in Cryptography was published in 1976. It introduced a radically new method of distributing cryptographic keys, which went far toward solving one of the fundamental problems of cryptography, key distribution. It has become known as Diffie-Hellman key exchange. The article stimulated the development of a new class of encryption algorithms, known variously as public key encryption and asymmetric encryption. Hellman and Diffie were awarded the Marconi Fellowship and accompanying prize in 2000 for work on public-key cryptography and for helping make cryptography a legitimate area of academic research, and they were awarded the 2015 Turing Award for the same work.