I would bet that 100% of my followers know at least one of these guys and/or are using their algorithms:
Martin Hellman (center) and Whitfield Diffie (right), shown here in a 1977 photo with Ralph Merkle, wrote a seminal paper that linked one-way functions to cryptography.
👉 Merkle tree is used heavily in blockchain tech
👉 Diffie & Hellman discovered the Diffie-Hellman key exchange, which is still fundamental for secure data transport over the internet
Found on Quanta Magazine.