Scope and Contents
Call Number: SC1176
Hellman, Martin E.
Title: Martin Edward Hellman papers
Bulk Dates: 1976-1988
3 Linear feet (and 265 megabytes)
Language(s): The materials are in English.
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[identification of item], Martin Edward Hellman Papers (SC1176). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford
University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.
Martin Edward Hellman was born in New York, NY in October 1945. He received his B.E. from New York University in 1966, and
his M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1967 and 1969, all in Electrical Engineering.
Prof. Hellman was at IBM's Watson Research Center from 1968-1969 and an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT
from 1969-1971. Returning to Stanford in 1971, he served on the regular faculty until becoming Professor Emeritus in 1996.
He has authored over seventy technical papers, ten US patents and a number of foreign equivalents.
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
security debate, starting with the issue of DES's key size in 1975, serving (1994-96) on the National Research Council's Committee
to Study National Cryptographic Policy, and currently serving on Verified Voting's Board of Advisors.
Prof. Hellman also has a deep interest in the ethics of technological development. With Prof. Anatoly Gromyko of Moscow, he
co-edited Breakthrough: Emerging New Thinking, a book published simultaneously in Russian and English in 1987 during the rapid
change in Soviet-American relations. His current project in this area, Defusing the Nuclear Threat, has been endorsed by a
number of prominent individuals including a former Director of the National Security Agency, Stanford's President Emeritus,
and two Nobel Laureates.
Scope and Contents
The materials consist of research files, subject files, publications and correspondence documenting public key cryptography
and the Beyond War project.
Merkle, Ralph Charles.
Cryptography--United States--History--20th century.
Data encryption (Computer science)--United States.
Data Encryption Standard.