Ronald Rivest (Schenectady, USA, 1947) holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Yale University and a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University. In 1974 he joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is currently Institute Professor – the highest academic rank, held by fourteen of MIT’s over one thousand faculty members – in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Rivest is founder and currently co-leader with Shafi Goldwasser of the Cryptography and Information Security Group in the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He is co-author of Introduction to Algorithms, a standard textbook in the subject area, and a past director of both the International Association for Cryptologic Research and the Financial Cryptography Association. He has founded three companies: RSA Data Security, Verisign – which came to be Internet’s leading encryption, certification and authentication authority – and Peppercoin, in partnership with Silvio Micali.