Dan Boneh, recipient of this year's ACM-Infosys Foundation Award, discovered his passion for computers early; by the time he got to Princeton University, where he earned his Ph.D., he had zeroed in on his line of research: cryptography. Now a professor at Stanford University—and head of the university's Applied Cryptography Group—Boneh has made groundbreaking contributions to the field, pioneering the use of pairings to solve cryptographic problems and working on a range of broader computer security questions. Here, he discusses his work.
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