Adi Shamir

  • Shamir was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 1952. 
  • He is renowned as a co-inventor of the Rivest–Shamir–Adleman (RSA) algorithm, utilized by modern computers to encrypt and decrypt messages.
  • Shamir also developed the differential cryptanalysis technique, a general method for attacking block ciphers by analysing how differences in information input can affect differences in output.
  • He is the inventor of the Shamir secret-sharing scheme and the still-hypothetical TWIRL and TWINKLE integer factoring devices. 
  • For his enormous contributions to cryptography, Shamir was awarded the A.M. Turing Award in 2002.
Text and image: The 50 Most Influential Living Computer Scientists [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 31 May 2021].

Author: Sara Singh (2021) LJMU Student

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