#1640 Overall Influence

Shafi Goldwasser

American computer scientist


Why is this person notable and influential?

Shafrira “Shafi” Goldwasser is the RSA Professor of Computer Science at MIT, as well as Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. She received a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University, and a master’s and Ph.D. from The University of California at Berkeley.

Goldwasser’s impressive career spans many areas in computer science, including computational complexity theory, cryptography, and number theory. She has been in high demand during her impressive career in computer science, serving as chief scientist and co-founder of thr Israeli company Duality Technologies using cryptographic methods for data security, and has served as an advisor to a number of successful ventures, including companies focusing on blockchain technology, which has become hugely popular in recent years. Goldwasser is also a member of the Theory of Computation group at the world-renowned Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT. Her primary focus is on fundamental aspects of computer security, like cryptography, a topic that is of both theoretical interest in computer science and mathematics and has obvious practical applications to many industries like finance, banking, and data protection.

Goldwasser received the highest honor in computer science, the Turing Award in 2012, along with Silvio Micali for their work on cryptography. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001, and has received many other awards and distinctions in her career as a computer scientist.

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Shafrira Goldwasser is an Israeli-American computer scientist and winner of the Turing Award in 2012. She is the RSA Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, a professor of mathematical sciences at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, co-founder and chief scientist of Duality Technologies and the director of the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing in Berkeley, CA. She was on the Mathematical Sciences jury for the Infosys Prize in 2020.


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What schools is this person affiliated with?

University of California, Berkeley

Public research university in Berkeley, California, United States

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Weizmann Institute of Science

Public research university in Rehovot, Israel

Carnegie Mellon University

Private research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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#103 World Rank
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