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Martin E Hellman (Emeritus Faculty)

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Personal bio
Martin Hellman is best known for his invention, with Diffie and Merkle, of public key cryptography. In addition to many other uses, this technology forms the basis for secure transactions on the Internet. He has also been a long-time contributor to the computer privacy debate. He also has a deep interest in the ethics of technological development and co-edited "Breakthrough: Emerging New Thinking," a book published in 1987, during the rapid change in Soviet-American relations. His current project in this area can be accessed at NuclearRisk.org. Hellman also worked to develop an environment within the university within which students of diverse backgrounds could function to the best of their ability. This work was recognized by four teaching awards, including three from minority student organizations.

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