Craig Gentry
Born1973 (age 50–51)
Known forFully-homomorphic encryption
Academic background
EducationDuke University (BS)
Harvard University (JD)
Stanford University (PhD)
ThesisA Fully Homomorphic Encryption Scheme[1] (2009)
Doctoral advisorDan Boneh
Academic work
DisciplineCryptography, computer science
InstitutionsIBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Algorand Foundation

Craig Gentry (born 1973)[2] is an American computer scientist working as CTO of TripleBlind. He is best known for his work in cryptography, specifically fully homomorphic encryption.[3][2][4][5]


In 1993, while studying at Duke University, he became a Putnam Fellow.[6] In 2009, his dissertation, in which he constructed the first Fully Homomorphic Encryption scheme, won the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award.[7]


In 2010, he won the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award for the same work.[8] In 2014, he won a MacArthur Fellowship. Previously, he was a research scientist at the Algorand Foundation and IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center.[2] In 2022, he won the Gödel Prize with Zvika Brakerski and Vinod Vaikuntanathan.[9]


  1. ^ Craig Gentry at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ a b c 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, vol. 519, no. 7544, pp. 400–1, Bibcode:2015Natur.519..400C, doi:10.1038/519400a, PMID 25810184, retrieved 26 October 2015
  6. ^ "Putnam Competition Individual and Team Winners". Mathematical Association of America. Retrieved December 14, 2021.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "Craig Gentry". Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  9. ^ "2022 Gödel Prize Citation". ACM Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory. Association for Computing Machinery.