Hailing from a firm background in the areas of DNA Computing, Computational Complexity and Quantum Computing, it's hard to believe that one man could be so multifaceted that he didn't even stop at Cryptography and Immunology. Born on December 31st 1945, he completed his education at the reputed University of Southern California at Berkley and went on to take the world of Genetics and Cryptography by storm.
His contributions in the former entailed his solution to the "travelling salesman" problem, a Hamiltonian path problem in 1994. And in 1977, came the historical RSA which he co-invented along with Ronald Rivest and Adi Shamir. Though the encryption algorithm was primarily designed by the other two, Adleman's role on the team was to test its vulnerability till the point of breaking.
His involvement with RSA got him IEEE's Kobayashi Award for Computers and Communications in 2000 and AMC Turing Award in 2002 along with the other two. Another notable milestone in his life was being nominated to the National Academy of Engineering in 1996. He was crucial in the devising of Adleman-Pomerance-Rumely primality test. Interestingly, he was also a part of the crew of Larry Lasker's movie, the Sneakers, for which he contributed a bunch of mathematical slides related to cryptography to be used in one of the scenes and was credited the "mathematical consultant" for the movie. He is currently the Henry Salvatori Professor of Computer Science and Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Southern California.
- Laboratory for Molecular Science, USC - Leonard Adleman
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- Image: Courtesy Professor Leonard M. Adleman, Department of Computer Science and Department of Molecular and Computational Biology, University of Southern California