February Birthdays of Note in the Field of Cryptology/CS
Updated: Jan 30, 2020
1) Johannes Trithemius (1492), author of Seganographia, a series of 3 volumes that cover cryptology and steganography
2) Ann Zeilinger Caracristi, first woman to be NSA Deputy Director. She solved Japanese Army codes in WWII.
Ralph Merkle, inventor of cryptographic hashing and co-invented public key cryptography
Ronald Cramer, known for the Cramer-Shoup encryption scheme that he developed with Victor Shoup.
Charles Wheatstone, the actual creator of the Playfair cipher
Max Newman-British codebreaker who worked on several projects at Bletchley Park during WWII.
Leo Battista Alberti, created the Alberti cipher, the 1st polyalphabetic cipher
Lars Ramkide Knudsen introduced the technique of impossible differential cryptanalysis and integral cryptanalysis
Tony Randall, Actor, comedian, singer AND worked at the Signal Intelligence Service (the code-breaking branch of the United States Army Signal Corps) in WWII