Marconi Fellows Marty Hellman and Whit Diffie have just been awarded the 2016 Turing Award. The full text of the announcement can be found here. The award is often referred to as the “Nobel Prize for computing.” Professor Hellman said he will use his share of the monetary award to “further our efforts to create a more peaceful, sustainable world. . .” hellman 260Marconi Fellow and Stanford Professor Emeritus John Cioffi writes, "I am elated to hear that Marty has won this year’s Turing Award.
Marty’s work in public-key cryptography has changed the world in which we live. He has also been a huge encouragement to young people, and even faculty younger than him, in all that he does. We at Stanford and at Marconi can all be very proud of Marty."
Marconi Board member Andrea Goldsmith adds, "Marty's ground-breaking invention of public-key cryptography is most deserving of the Turing award. This invention helped to enable the connected world in which we live by making information exchange between people and devices secure. Marty is a great friend, mentor, and role model, and I am delighted to see his contributions honored in this manner."