Ralph C. Merkle

July 11, 2009

Dr. Merkle received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1979 where he co-invented public key cryptography. He joined Xerox PARC in 1988, where he pursued research in security and computational nanotechnology until 1999.

He was a Nanotechnology Theorist at Zyvex until 2003, when he joined the Georgia Institute of Technology as a Professor of Computing until 2006.

He is a Director of Alcor, on the faculty at Singularity University, a co-founder of the Nanofactory Collaboration and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing.

He chaired the Fourth and Fifth Foresight Conferences on Nanotechnology.

He was co-recipient of the 1998 Feynman Prize for Nanotechnology for theory, the ACM’s Kanellakis Award for Theory and Practice, the IEEE Kobayashi Award and the 2000 RSA Award in Mathematics. Dr. Merkle has fourteen patents, has published extensively and has given hundreds of talks.

See essays by this author:
How does the body react to medical nanodevices?
It's a Small, Small, Small, Small World
Nanotechnology: What Will It Mean?
See selected books by this author:
Kinematic Self-Replicating Machines