Ronald Rivest

Institute Professor

Ronald Rivest is an Institute Professor and a member of MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is also a principal investigator with the Theory of Computation Group at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and a founder of its Cryptography and Information Security Group. His research focuses on cryptography, computer and network security, algorithms, and voting security. Rivest is an inventor of the RSA algorithm, the inventor of the symmetric key encryption algorithms RC2, RC4, RC5 and co-inventor of RC6. He also authored the MD2, MD4, MD5 and MD6 cryptographic hash functions. He is a co-author of the textbook, Introduction to Algorithms, and a founder of Verisign, Peppercoin and RSA Data Security, now RSA Security.

Rivest is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the International Association for Cryptologic Research, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received a Turing Award, an IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award and the Secure Computing Lifetime Achievement Award. He earned a BS in mathematics from Yale University, and a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University.