David Lee Chaum (born 1955) is the inventor of many cryptographic protocols, as well as ecash and DigiCash.His 1981 paper, "Untraceable Electronic Mail, Return Addresses, and Digital Pseudonyms", laid the groundwork for the field of anonymous communications research.
Chaum gained a doctorate in computer science and business administration from the University of California, Berkeley in 1982.Also that year, he founded the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR), which currently organizes academic conferences in cryptography research.Subsequently, he taught at the New York University Graduate School of Business Administration and at the University of California. He also formed a cryptography research group at the National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.He founded DigiCash, an electronic cash company, in 1990.
Chaum received the Information Technology European Award for 1995.In 2004, he was named an IACR Fellow.In 2010, he received the RSA Conference award for excellence in the field of mathematics.
Information Technology European Award for 1995.
RSA Conference award for excellence in the field of mathematics.