CWI cryptographer Ronald Cramer elected KNAW Member

Cryptographer Ronald Cramer is elected as a Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

Publication date: 23-05-2013

Cryptographer Ronald Cramer is elected as a Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). This was announced by the KNAW on 23 May. Ronald Cramer (1968) is a researcher and leader of the Cryptology research group at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam, and is a professor at the Mathematical Institute of Leiden University. Academy members are eminent scientists who are nominated by fellow researchers. The fifteen new members are inaugurated in the Academy’s Trippenhuis building on 30 September 2013.

Ronald Cramer’s research field is cryptography – the mathematics of digital security, which is, for example, important for internet transactions. The Cramer-Shoup crypto system, which he and his American colleague Victor Shoup published, was the first practical system resistant to active attacks. The system became an international standard. Cramer also designed a system for secure collaboration between parties that do not trust each other. The new applications that he found of classical mathematics in cryptography are groundbreaking.

Cramer was a member of the inaugural class of the Young Academy. Recently he was appointed Fellow of IACR, the International Association for Cryptologic Research. Ronald Cramer: “I am very pleased with this election to Membership of the KNAW. It is an honour to serve Science as a Member of the Academy”.

More information:
- KNAW press release (in Dutch)
- homepage Prof. Ronald J.F. Cramer
- Fellow of IACR news item