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 wife was Patricia Yakerson Snyder.


Samuel Snyder started his career in 1936 with the Signal Intelligence Service; he was one of the first 10 employees. During World War Two, he coordinated work on Japanese military attache codes. Later he worked on one of the early code breaking computers called ABNER[1] and other computing systems such as Harvest. He was the coordinator of the Library of Congress's information systems from 1964 to 1966 and helped create a machine readable cataloging system.

Mr. Snyder has been inducted into the National Security Agency - NSA Hall of Honor,[2] holds a Defense Department Meritorious Civilian Service Award and The Washington Post "Ideal Father of the Year" for 1949.


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

History of NSA General-Purpose Electronic Digital Computers, Samuel S. Snyder, National Security Agency, 1964. A scanned PDF version is on-line at [1] (3.3MB)


  1. ^ Creating the Computer: Government, Industry, and High Technology, Kenneth Flamm, pp. 81, Brookings Institution Press, 1998 (ISBN 0815728506)
  2. ^ NSA-CSS Hall of Honor