Craig Gentry (computer scientist)

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Craig Gentry
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma mater
Known forFully Homomorphic Encryption
Scientific career
FieldsCryptography, computer science
InstitutionsIBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Algorand Foundation
ThesisA Fully Homomorphic Encryption Scheme[1] (2009)
Doctoral advisorDan Boneh

Craig Gentry (born 1973[2]) is an American computer scientist, currently working as a Research Fellow at Algorand Foundation, a blockchain startup founded by Silvio Micali. He is best known for his work in cryptography, specifically fully homomorphic encryption.[3][2][4][5] In 2009, his dissertation, in which he constructed the first Fully Homomorphic Encryption scheme, won the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award.[6] In 2010 he won the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award for the same work.[7] In 2014, he won a MacArthur Fellowship. He was a research scientist at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center.[2]


  1. ^ Craig Gentry at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ a b c MacArthur Foundation (17 September 2014). "Craig Gentry". MacArthur Foundation. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  3. ^ Craig Gentry. Fully Homomorphic Encryption Using Ideal Lattices. In the 41st ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing (STOC), 2009.
  4. ^ Greenberg, Andy (3 November 2014), "Hacker Lexicon: What is Homomorphic Encryption?", Wired, retrieved 26 October 2015
  5. ^ Hayden, Erika (23 March 2015), "Extreme cryptography paves way to personalized medicine", Nature, 519 (7544), pp. 400–1, Bibcode:2015Natur.519..400C, doi:10.1038/519400a, PMID 25810184, retrieved 26 October 2015
  6. ^ Gold, Virginia (16 June 2010). "Doctoral Candidate Developed Scheme that Could Spur Advances in Cloud Computing, Search Engine Queries, and E-Commerce" (Press release). New York. The Association for Computing Machinery. Archived from the original on 9 January 2016. Retrieved 2015-10-26.
  7. ^ "Craig Gentry". Retrieved 26 October 2015.