Japan Prize Laureates

Laureates of the Japan Prize

Dr. Adi Shamir

Adi Shamir, Ph.D.

  • Nationality:
  • Date of Birth:
    6 July 1952

Outline of Achievements

Outline of Achievements

The 2017 Japan Prize

  • Field:
    Electronics, Information and Communication
  • Achievement:
    Contribution to information security through pioneering research on cryptography
  • Lecture:
    Cryptography: Past, Present, Future


1983 The Israeli Mathematical Society Erdos Prize
1986 IEEE Baker Prize
1990 UAP Scientific Prize, France
1992 The Vatican's Pontifical Academy PIUS X1 Gold Medal
1997 Association for Computing Machinery, Kanellakis Prize
2000 IEEE Kobayashi Computers and Communications Prize
2002 Association for Computing Machinery, Turing Award
2008 Israel Prize
2008 Okawa Prize, Japan
2008 NEC Prize, Japan
2012 Grand Medaille of the French Academie des sciences, France


1973 Tel Aviv University, BSc in mathematics
1975 Weizmann Institute of Science, MSc in Computer Science
1977 Weizmann Institute, PhD in Computer Science

Research and Career

1977-78 MIT, Department of Mathematics, Instructor,
1978-80 Assistant Professor, MIT
1980-84 Associate Professor, Weizmann Institute of Science
1984- Professor, Weizmann Institute of Science


  • Weizmann Institute of Science
    Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics
    Jacob Ziskind Building Room 209
    234 Herzl Street, Rehovot 7610001, Israel

Publications, Thesis

  • Ronald L. Rivest, Adi Shamir, Leonard M. Adleman: A Method for Obtaining Digital Signatures and Public-Key Cryptosystems. Commun. ACM 21 (2), 120-126 (1978)
  • Adi Shamir: How to Share a Secret. Commun. ACM 22 (11), 612-613 (1979)
  • Adi Shamir: Identity-Based Cryptosystems and Signature Schemes. CRYPTO 1984, 47-53 (1984)
  • Uriel Feige, Amos Fiat, Adi Shamir: Zero-Knowledge Proofs of Identity. J. Cryptology 1 (2), 77-94 (1988)
  • Eli Biham, Adi Shamir: Differential Cryptanalysis of DES-like Cryptosystems. J. Cryptology 4 (1), 3-72 (1991)
  • Daniel Genkin, Adi Shamir, Eran Tromer: Acoustic cryptanalysis.
    J. Cryptology, to appear.
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