Craig Gentry (computer scientist)

Craig Gentry (b. 1973[2]) is an American computer scientist. He is best known for his work in cryptography, specifically fully homomorphic encryption.[3][2][4][5] In 2009, his dissertation, in which he constructed the first Fully Homomorphic Encryption scheme, won the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award.[6] In 2010 he won the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award for the same work.[7] In 2014, he won a MacArthur Fellowship. He is a research scientist at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center.[2]

Craig Gentry
ResidenceNew York, New York, United States
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma mater
Known forFully Homomorphic Encryption
Scientific career
FieldsCryptography, computer science
InstitutionsIBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
ThesisA Fully Homomorphic Encryption Scheme[1] (2009)
Doctoral advisorDan Boneh


  1. Craig Gentry at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. MacArthur Foundation (17 September 2014). "Craig Gentry". MacArthur Foundation. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  3. Craig Gentry. Fully Homomorphic Encryption Using Ideal Lattices. In the 41st ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing (STOC), 2009.
  4. Greenberg, Andy (3 November 2014), "Hacker Lexicon: What is Homomorphic Encryption?", Wired, retrieved 26 October 2015
  5. Hayden, Erika (23 March 2015), "Extreme cryptography paves way to personalized medicine", Nature, retrieved 26 October 2015
  6. Gold, Virginia (16 June 2010). "Doctoral Candidate Developed Scheme that Could Spur Advances in Cloud Computing, Search Engine Queries, and E-Commerce" (Press release). New York. The Association for Computing Machinery. Archived from the original on 9 January 2016. Retrieved 2015-10-26.
  7. "Craig Gentry". Retrieved 26 October 2015.

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