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A professor of computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Silvio Micali is a world leader in the field of modern cryptography. He is widely acknowledged as the creator of the algorithmic theory of pseudorandomness, and his invention of zero-knowledge and interactive proofs was recognized by the 1993 Gödel Prize, the highest award in theoretical computer science. Born in Palermo, Italy, Dr. Micali studied mathematics at the University of Rome before coming to the United States for graduate work at the University of California at Berkeley, where he took his Ph.D. in computer science in 1982 under the supervision of Manuel Blum. The following year he was appointed to the MIT electrical engineering and computer science faculty. He has been a member of the Cryptography and Information Security Group in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory for more than two decades. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is the recipient of the 2004 RSA Mathematics Award, the 2006 Berkeley Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award, and the 2006 ISE (Information Security Executive) New England Rising Star Award. Dr. Micali is the editor (with Franco Preparata, Paris Kanellakis, Christoff Hoffmann, and Robert Hawkins) of a five-volume series of textbooks, Advances in Computing Research (JAI Press, 1984-1993), and has published more than one hundred scientific papers.