Kristin Lauter

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Kristin Estella Lauter
Born (1969-12-08) December 8, 1969 (age 49)
Nationality United States
Alma materUniversity of Chicago
Known forElliptic Curve Cryptography
AwardsFellow of the American Mathematical Society, Selfridge Prize
Scientific career
FieldsMathematics, Cryptography
InstitutionsMicrosoft Research
Thesis (1996)
Doctoral advisorNiels Ovesen Nygaard

Kristin Estella Lauter (born 1969)[1] is an American mathematician and cryptographer whose research interest is broadly in application of number theory and algebraic geometry in cryptography. She is particularly known for her work in the area of elliptic curve cryptography. She is currently a researcher and the head of the Cryptography Group at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington.[2] Lauter became the President-Elect of the Association for Women in Mathematics in February 2014[3] and served as President February 1, 2015 - January 31, 2017.

Education and career[edit]

Lauter received her Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science, and Ph.D, all in mathematics, from the University of Chicago, in 1990, 1991, and 1996, respectively.

Prior to joining Microsoft, she held positions as a visiting scholar at Max Planck Institut fur Mathematik in Bonn, Germany (1997), T.H. Hildebrandt research assistant professor at the University of Michigan (1996-1999), and a visiting researcher at Institut de Mathematiques Luminy in France (1999).[4][5]


She is a co-founder of the Women in Numbers Network,[6] a research collaboration community for women in number theory. She serves on the Advisory Board[7] of the Banff International Research Station and on the Council[8] of the American Mathematical Society.


Lauter and her coauthors were awarded the Selfridge Prize at ANTS VIII for their paper Computing Hilbert Class Polynomials.[9] She was elected to the 2015 Class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society "for contributions to arithmetic geometry and cryptography as well as service to the community." [10]

In 2017, she was selected as a fellow of the Association for Women in Mathematics in the inaugural class.[11]


  1. ^ Birth year from Library of Congress catalog data, retrieved 2018-11-29.
  2. ^ Kristin Lauter - Microsoft Research
  3. ^ Kristin Lauter New President-Elect of the Association for Women in Mathematics
  4. ^ Kristin Lauter Curriculum Vitae
  5. ^ Kristin Lauter at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  6. ^ "Women in Number Theory". Women in Number Theory. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Current Members of the Scientific Advisory Board". Banff International Research Center. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Council of the AMS". Council of the AMS. American Mathematical Society. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  9. ^ Eighth Algorithmic Number Theory Symposium ANTS-VIII, May 17-22, 2008, Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta (Canada)
  10. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society
  11. ^ "Launch of the AWM Fellows Program". Association for Women in Mathematics. Retrieved 7 November 2017.