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MIT Crypto Experts Win 2012 Turing Award 32

Posted by Soulskill
from the congratulations-to-all dept.
alphadogg writes "A pair of MIT professors and security researchers whose work paved the way for modern cryptography have been named winners of the 2012 A.M. Turing Award, also known as the 'Nobel Prize in Computing.' Shafi Goldwasser, the RSA Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and a professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, and Silvio Micali, the MIT Ford Professor of Engineering, are recipients of the award, which will be formally presented by the Association for Computing Machinery on June 15 in San Francisco. According to the ACM: 'By formalizing the concept that cryptographic security had to be computational rather than absolute, they created mathematical structures that turned cryptography from an art into a science.' Goldwasser and Micali will split a $250K prize."
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MIT Crypto Experts Win 2012 Turing Award

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  • Sponsorship (Score:5, Insightful)

    by hawguy (1600213) on Wednesday March 13, 2013 @05:17PM (#43164685)

    The RSA Professor of Electrical Engineering, the Ford Professor of Engineering. Do universities really need money so badly that they have to sell advertising in their faculty position names?

    • Re:Sponsorship (Score:4, Insightful)

      by pjt33 (739471) on Wednesday March 13, 2013 @06:03PM (#43165169)

      You do realise that the practice of naming a chair after the sponsor goes back at least 400 years [wikipedia.org]?

    • There's also a Mitsubishi professor, and all other kinds of corporate sponsorships of "Endowed Chairs" at M.I.T. and other institutions (well endowed chairs =?= phallically-enhanced furniture ?). It's rather silly to see, but money talks. Even the Media Lab professors are all "titled chairs", e.g. : [slashdot.org]
      He is currently the Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, and Professor of electrical engineering and computer science.
      Isaac Asimov described Minsky as one of only two people he would admit were more
      • Hawking is a former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics. The chair is currently held by Michael Green.

        • Good grief, how did I get it so wrong!! Of course it should have been correct in the first place. I had been reading about the guy who did graffiti for the PalmPilot, so "Hawkins" with an "s" was in my mind, and the other part Physics/Math I screwed up. That he formerly held the chair was not even known by me. The other guys not quite as famous, eh? ;>)
    • by sribe (304414)

      The RSA Professor of Electrical Engineering, the Ford Professor of Engineering. Do universities really need money so badly that they have to sell advertising in their faculty position names?

      Uhm, endowed positions have been around at universities for, what, a few hundred years at least???

    • by Darinbob (1142669)

      Yes they do.

      Many of these named chairs aren't really advertisements but endowments. It's not like naming a building, in that you still have to name a worthy professor to grant the honor to, and the person making the endowment sometimes has no choice in which professor gets chosen. It would be wonderful if wealthy institutions could endow professorships while remaining anonymous, but that does not mean that non-anonymous stops being a gift and becomes an advert instead.

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