Professor, Stanford University, USA
[New York, USA 1945]
Martin E. Hellman is best known for his invention, with Diffie and Merkle, of public key cryptography, the technology that, among other uses, enables secure Internet transactions. Hellman has a deep interest in the ethics of technological development and his current focus is on Rethinking National Security. He and his wife Dorothie wrote a book, A New Map for Relationships: Creating True Love at Home & Peace on the Planet, that shows how the changes needed to build a strong, functional marriage or other relationship are the same ones needed to build a more peaceful, sustainable world.
An expert in the ethics of development. In the 1980s he contributed to developing a meaningful dialogue between the Soviet and US scientific communities, in particular on the issue of nuclear energy.