Prof. Shafrira Goldwasser of the Weizmann Institute's Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics has been awarded the 2003-2005 Cymerman-Jakubskind Prize for her influential contributions to cryptography and computational number theory. A leading figure in her field, Goldwasser has inspired the design of secure communications protocols for secure networks and computer systems.
The prize, which is awarded every three years to support the research of Weizmann Institute scientists, was established in 1978 by Richard Jakubskind in memory of his family members who were lost in the Holocaust.
Previous awards to Goldwasser include the 2001 Godel Prize for outstanding papers in the area of theoretical science, awarded jointly by the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science and the Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computing Theory of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM); the ACM/Grace Murray Hopper Award; and the RSA Award in Mathematics by RSA Security Solutions Co.
The Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, is one of the world's top-ranking multidisciplinary research institutions. Noted for its wide-ranging exploration of the natural and exact sciences, the Institute is home to 2,500 scientists, students, technicians and supporting staff. Institute research efforts include the search for new ways of fighting disease and hunger, examining leading questions in mathematics and computer science, probing the physics of matter and the universe, creating novel materials and developing new strategies for protecting the environment.