Adi Shamir

Borman Professor of Computer Science, The Weizmann Institute, Israel

Adi Shamir is the Borman Professor of Computer Science at the Weizmann Institute in Israel. Shamir specializes in cryptographic schemes and protocols, with special emphasis on cryptanalysis. He co-developed the RSA cryptosystem with Rivest and Adleman; introduced the notion of secret sharing; broke the Merkle-Hellman knapsack-based cryptosystem; developed differential cryptanalysis with Biham; proposed the notion of identity-based cryptography; developed the Fiat-Shamir identification and signature schemes; and showed (with Tromer) how to use new side channel attacks, such as cache attacks and acoustic attacks to break numerous cryptosystems.