The History of Cryptography, delivered by one of its pioneers

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If you missed Professor Ronald L. Rivest’s lecture on “The Growth of Cryptography,” the 39th annual James R. Killian, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award Lecture, check out the video of Rivest’s presentation, which takes listeners on a journey through the development of the field of cryptography. From the ancient Greeks who discovered prime number factorization to Rivest’s own work with public key cryptography, Rivest, the 2010-2011 winner of the James R. Killian, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award, sheds light on this ever-changing field for the next generation of computer scientists.

Rivest is the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, founder of the Cryptography and Information Security Group at CSAIL and a member of the Theory of Computation Group, also at CSAIL.