The IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communication Award was established by the IEEE Board of Directors in 1986 "to recognize outstanding technical contributions in the field of computers and communications, that is, the integration of computers and communications."
For 1999, Whitfield Diffie (Sun Microsystems - Palo Alto, CA), Martin E. Hellman (Stanford University - Stanford, CA), and Ralph C. Merkle (Xerox PARC - Sunnyvale, CA) received the award
For the revolutionary invention of public key cryptosystems which form the foundation for privacy, integrity and authentication in modern communication systems.
For 2000, Ronald L. Rivest (Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Arlington, MA), Adi Shamir (Weizmann Institute of Science - Rehovot, Israel), and Leonard Adleman (University of Southern California - Northridge, CA) received the award
For the revolutionary invention of the RSA public key cryptosystem which is the first to be widely-adopted.
Both awards were presented to the recipients by Tom Berson (Chair of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Security and Privacy and Director of the IACR) at Crypto 2000 in Santa Barbara.
The IACR Newsletter can only join in: Congratulations!