Posted on 29/07/2008
Professor Whitfield Diffie has been awarded the Degree of Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa from Royal Holloway this week. The University of London awards Honorary Degrees to those of conspicuous merit, who are exceptional in their line of work or have provided service to the College.
Whitfield Diffie is a US cryptographer and one of the pioneers of public-key cryptography. He is Chief Security Officer of Sun Microsystems, Vice-President and Sun Fellow. Best known for his 1975 discovery of the concept of public key cryptography, Whitfield Diffie spent the 1990s working primarily on the public policy aspects of cryptography. Prior to assuming his present position in 1991, he was Manager of Secure Systems Research for Northern Telecom. He is a Fellow of the Marconi Foundation and the recipient of awards from organisations including IEEE, The Electronic Frontiers Foundation, NIST, NSA, the Franklin Institute and ACM. He is a Visiting Professor in the Information Security Group at Royal Holloway.
Also receiving an Honorary Doctorate was Simon Singh MBE details of which can be found at the following link.