Dr. David Chaum is the founder and a member of the Board of Directors
of DigiCash Inc., a company that has pioneered electronic cash
He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science, with a minor in
Business Administration, from the University of California at
Berkeley and taught at New York University Graduate School of
Business Administration and at the University of California.
He built up a cryptography research group at the Center for Mathematics
and Computer Science (CWI)
in Amsterdam and during this time also founded DigiCash. In 1993,
he left CWI to become CEO of DigiCash, which had doubled in size
since its founding in 1990 with 12 employees.
In the area of cryptography, he has published over 45 original
technical articles (see list
of articles), received over 17 US patents,
and founded the scientific organization, the International Association
for Cryptographic Research (IACR). Concurrently
he created and chaired the Smart Card 2000 conferences and several
European Union funded industry consortia, including CAFE, which focused on electronic-wallets
and the smart cards they hold..
Professional recognition includes invited articles featured
in Scientific American (August 92) and Communications of
the ACM (February 81), EU Technology Innovations Award
ITEA 95, D.A.A.D. and UC Regents
Fellowships. He has appeared often in popular and trade media,
and is widely consulted on matters of cryptography, payments
policy and overall technology direction.