# Mathematician:Leonard Max Adleman

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## Mathematician

American cryptographer and software engineer, best known for his involvement in the creation of the RSA algorithm.

Successfully used DNA as a computation technique.

Supposed to have coined the term **virus** in the context of computer programs.

## Nationality

American

## History

- Born: December 31, 1945 in San Francisco, California, US

## Creations

- RSA Algorithm (with Ronald Linn Rivest and Adi Shamir)
- Adleman-Pomerance-Rumely Primality Test (with Carl Bernard Pomerance and Robert Scott Rumely)

Definitions of concepts named for **Leonard Max Adleman** can be found here.

## Publications

- Jan. 1983:
*On Distinguishing Prime Numbers from Composite Numbers*(*Ann. Math.***Ser. 2****Vol. 117**,*no. 1*: pp. 173 – 206) (with Carl Pomerance and Robert S. Rumely) www.jstor.org/stable/2006975

- 1994:
*Molecular Computation of Solutions To Combinatorial Problems*