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Martin Hellman — co-inventor of public key cryptography
Hellman earned his master’s degree and PhD in electrical engineering at Stanford. He joined the faculty here in 1971, serving as associate chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department, chairman of EE graduate admissions and associate dean of graduate Studies for minority student affairs until he became Professor Emeritus in 1996.
Hellman, a long-time activist in the computer privacy debate, also has campaigned for more than 30 years to raise awareness about the risks of nuclear weapons. He has applyied risk analysis to demonstrate the continued risk of a nuclear catastrophe even when most people think this danger is behind us.