Artifact Details

Title

Merkle, Ralph interview

Catalog Number

102743048

Type

Document

Date

2011-03-11

Merkle, Ralph, Interviewee
Plutte, Jon, Interviewer
Richardson, David, Cameraperson

Computer History Museum

Mountain View, California

10 p.

Copyright Holder

Computer History Museum

Description

Cryptography pioneer Ralph Merkle discusses his early work at UC Berkeley and how this lead to a unique method of key exchange—the primary requirement for sending secure communications over an insecure channel and a key feature of all Internet commerce today. Merkle’s work is placed in the context of the work as extended by Martin Hellman and Whitfield Diffie of Stanford University. Merkle concludes by examining some advanced technologies for the future.

Category

Transcription

Subject

Merkle, Ralph; Fellow Award Honoree; public-key; Diffie, Whitfield; Hellman, Martin; National Security Agency (NSA); DES (Digital Encryption Standard); Stanford University; UC Berkeley; RSA; privacy; encryption; Merkle's puzzles; CIA; communications

Collection Title

Oral history collection

Credit

Computer History Museum

Lot Number

X6074.2011