RSA® Conference (www.rsaconference.com) announced the honorees of its annual awards program Feb. 15 at its 2011 gathering in San Francisco. That list included lifetime achievement awards for the Viterbi School's Leonard Adleman and his former collaborators Ronald L. Rivest and Adi Shamir.
RSA: (from left) Ronald L. Rivest, Adi Shamir, and Leonard Adelman at San Francisco award ceremony February 15. Photo by Steve Maller, courtesy RSA® Conference.
Adleman holds the Henry Salvatori Chair in Computer Science in the Viterbi School and also has an appointment in biological sciences. He pioneered the use of DNA as a computational medium.
He is a co-winner of the Turing Prize, sometimes called the Nobel Prize in computer science, and a member of all three national academies: the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The trio at the time of RSA's creation
Ronald L. Rivest is the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT
Adi Shamir is Professor, Computer Science Department, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel