Samuel Simon Snyder

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Samuel Simon Snyder (August 18, 1911 – December 28, 2007) was a cryptographer for the United States Government. His pioneering work in early computers led directly to the development of the computer as we know it, and laid the foundation for many aspects of the modern computing industry.[1]


Samuel Snyder started his career in 1936 with the Signal Intelligence Service as one of the first 10 employees. During World War Two, he coordinated work on Japanese military attache codes. Later at NSA he worked on one of the early code breaking computers called ABNER[2] and other computing systems such as the IBM 7950 Harvest. He was the coordinator of the Library of Congress's information systems from 1964 to 1966 and helped to create the MARC standards, a machine readable cataloging system that is still in use.

Mr. Snyder was inducted into the National Security Agency's NSA Hall of Honor in 2007,[1] holds a Defense Department Meritorious Civilian Service Award and The Washington Post's "Ideal Father of the Year" award for 1949.

Personal life[edit]

Samuel Snyder was married to Patricia Yakerson Snyder.


Ashley Montagu; Samuel Snyder (1972). Man and the Computer. Auerbach Publishers. ISBN 0877691460. 

History of NSA General-Purpose Electronic Digital Computers, Samuel S. Snyder, National Security Agency, 1964.


  1. ^ a b National Security Agency (May 3, 2016). "Cryptologic Hall of Honor: Samuel S. Snyder". Retrieved 2016-11-28. 
  2. ^ Kenneth Flamm (1998). Creating the Computer: Government, Industry, and High Technology. Brookings Institution Press. p. 81. ISBN 0815728506.