1 March 2017

Ralph Merkle

Name:Ralph Merkle

Achievements:

- The man that invented cryptographic hash functions. The mathematical equation that encrypts and secures  Bitcoin is based on an invention that Ralph Merkle developed in 1975 for an undergraduate project.
- One of the inventors of public key cryptography

Bitcoin whitepaper reference 7
R.C. Merkle, "Protocols for public key cryptosystems," In Proc. 1980 Symposium on Security and
Privacy, IEEE Computer Society, pages 122-133, April 1980

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