Ivan Bjerre Damgård
|Alma mater||Aarhus University|
|Awards||IACR Fellow (2010)|
|Institutions||Department of Computer Science, Aarhus University|
|Doctoral advisor||Peter Landrock|
|Doctoral students||Lars Knudsen |
In 1983, he obtained a master's degree in mathematics (with minors in music and computer science) at Aarhus University. He began his PhD studies in 1985 at the same university, and was for a period a guest researcher at CWI in Amsterdam in 1987. He earned his PhD degree in May, 1988, with the thesis Ubetinget beskyttelse i kryptografiske protokoller (Unconditional protection in cryptographic protocols) and has been employed at Aarhus University ever since. Damgård was made full professor in 2005.
He is known among other things for the Merkle-Damgård construction used in most modern cryptographic hash functions such as SHA-1 and MD5. He discovered the structure independently of Ralph Merkle and published it in 1989.