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