Ford Professor of Engineering
areas of expertise: computing, cryptography, secure protocols, pseudo-random generation, proof systems, zero knowledge, mechanical design
Born in Palermo, Italy, Silvio Micali received his PhD in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1983. He joined MIT in 1983, where he is Ford Professor of Engineering.
His scientific contributions include complexity-based pseudorandom generation and cryptography, interactive and computationally sound proofs, zero knowledge, secure protocols, and resilient mechanism design. He is the recipient of the Goedel prize (in theoretical computer science) and the RSA prize (in cryptography), and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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