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Frank Miller: Inventor of the One-Time Pad

Steven Michael Bellovin

Title:
Frank Miller: Inventor of the One-Time Pad
Author(s):
Bellovin, Steven Michael
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Reports
Department(s):
Computer Science
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Series:
Columbia University Computer Science Technical Reports
Part Number:
CUCS-009-11
Publisher:
Department of Computer Science, Columbia University
Publisher Location:
New York
Abstract:
The invention of the one-time pad is generally credited to Gilbert S. Vernam and Joseph O. Mauborgne. We show that it was invented about 35 years earlier by a Sacramento banker named Frank Miller. We provide a tentative identification of which Frank Miller it was, and speculate on whether or not Mauborgne might have known of Miller's work, especially via his colleague Parker Hitt.
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Computer science
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Steven Michael Bellovin, , Frank Miller: Inventor of the One-Time Pad, Columbia University Academic Commons, .

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