Martin Hellman is best known for his invention of public key cryptography (joint with Diffie and Merkle). He received his BE(EE) magna cum laude from New York University in 1966, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1967 and 1969, both in Electrical Engineering. Prof. Hellman was a member of the research staff at IBM’s Watson Research Center from 1968-69 and of MIT’s EE faculty from 1969-71. He served on the regular EE faculty at Stanford from 1971 to 1996, when he became Professor Emeritus. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, as well as a recipient of the Marconi Award, widely considered the most prestigious award in the field of telecommunications.