[Cryptography] 40 years of "Diffie-Hellman"

Ray Dillinger bear at sonic.net
Sun Jun 26 13:11:17 EDT 2016

On 06/23/2016 05:29 PM, Tony Arcieri wrote:
> http://cryptologicfoundation.org/learn/educate/bytes/this_day_in_history_calendar.html/event/2016/06/23/1466658000/1976-diffie-and-hellman-presented-public-key-exchange-idea-/98292
> Of course, the historically savvy crypto-enthusiast recognizes the
> algorithm we call "Diffie-Hellman" was actually invented by Malcolm
> Williamson at GCHQ in 1974:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcolm_J._Williamson
> He died last September. RIP.

Maybe, but it's arguable whether it counts if he didn't publish.
The world at large didn't benefit from his invention of it, but
we all benefit from Diffie and Hellman's (re)invention of it. I
say credit where credit's due means give the credit to the guys
who did something that gives the world a benefit. It's not like
they stole it from him.



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