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Paul C. van Oorschot is a cryptographer and computer security researcher, currently a professor of computer science at Carleton University, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Authentication and Computer Security. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC). He is best known as co-author of the Handbook of Applied Cryptography (ISBN 0-8493-8523-7), together with Alfred Menezes and Scott Vanstone. Van Oorschot was awarded the 2000 J.W. Graham Medal in Computing Innovation.[1] He also helped organize the first Selected Areas in Cryptography (SAC) workshop in 1994.

Van Oorschot received his Ph.D. in 1988 from the University of Waterloo. He was recognized (2016) as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.[2]


  1. ^ "Recipients of the J.W. Graham Medal". Faculty of Mathematics. University of Waterloo. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "ACM Recognizes New Fellows", Communications of the ACM, 60 (3): 23, March 2017, doi:10.1145/3039921 .

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