James Massey

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James Lee Massey (born February 11, 1934 in Wauseon , Ohio , † June 16, 2013 in Copenhagen , Denmark ) was an information theorist and cryptologist.


Massey was professor at the ETH Zurich from 1980 to 1998 and previously at the University of Notre Dame and the University of California, Los Angeles . His most important works were the development of the Berlekamp-Massey algorithm , the draft of the block encryption method IDEA (with Xuejia Lai ), SAFER and the Massey-Omura cryptosystem (with Jim K. Omura ).

Prizes and awards

In 1999 he received the Marconi Prize and in 1992 the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Award . He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Lund (1990) and the Technical University of Munich (2006). Massey was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (since 2004), the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences , the National Academy of Engineering , the European Academy of Sciences and Arts and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences .


  • Threshold Decoding , Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA 1963.

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Obituary: James Lee Massey dies at 79 , IEEE Information Theory Society.

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