Founder of Algorand

Silvio Micali is one of the world’s foremost authorities on mathematics, computer science and cryptography. In 2017 he founded the Algorand blockchain, which today is widely acknowledged to be one of the best performing Layer 1 blockchains ever created.

Silvio has helped pioneer many of the breakthrough technologies that help power blockchain today. He is the co-inventor of probabilistic encryption, Zero-Knowledge Proofs, Verifiable Random Functions, and many other innovations that are the foundations of modern cryptography. He holds a total of 47 patents in the fields of random number generation, identification schemes, digital signatures, cryptography, digital certificates, and electronic transactions.

Silvio has been awarded the Turing award for computer science, the Godel Prize for theoretical computer science, and the RSA prize for cryptography. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Accademia dei Lincei. A lauded MIT professor, he has been a faculty member of MIT’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department since 1983.

Silvio received his Laurea in Mathematics from La Sapienza University of Rome and his PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2023 he was awarded an honorary degree in Cybersecurity from La Sapienza University of Rome in recognition of his many contributions to the field of cybersecurity.

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