Shafi Goldwasser is Director of the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, and Professor of EECS at the University of California Berkeley, Professor of EEECS at MIT, and Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at the Weizmann Institute. Goldwasser holds a B.S. Applied Mathematics from CMU (1979), and M.S. (1981) and Ph.D. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley (1984).
Goldwasser's pioneering contributions include the introduction of probabilistic encryption, interactive zero knowledge protocols, elliptic curve primality testings, hardness of approximation proofs for combinatorial problems, and combinatorial property testing.
Goldwasser’s honors include: the ACM Turing Award (2012), Gödel Prize (1993, 2001), ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award (1996), RSA Award in Mathematics (1998), ACM Athena Award for Women in Computer Science (2008), Benjamin Franklin Medal (2010), IEEE Emanuel R. Piore Award (2011), Simons Foundation Investigator Award (2012), BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award (2018), and the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award (2021). Goldwasser is a member of the NAS, NAE, AAAS, the Russian Academy of Science, the Israeli Academy of Science, and the London Royal Mathematical Society. Goldwasser holds honorary degrees from Ben Gurion University, Bar Ilan University, CMU, Haifa University, University of Oxford, and the University of Waterloo, and the UC Berkeley Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Barnard College Medal of Distinction.