Robert Morris, a mathematician and cryptographer who was among the top U.S computer security experts and a leading developer of widely used UNIX operating system, died on June 26th at age of 78yrs.
Morris began his work on the groundbreaking OS back in 1970 at AT&T's Bell Laboratories, where he played a major role in developing Unix's math library, password structure and encryption functions. His cryptographic exploration continued into the late 1970s, when he began writing a paper on an early encryption tool from Germany. But the paper would never see the light of day, thanks to a request from the NSA, which was concerned about potential security ramifications. Instead, the agency brought Morris on board as a computer security expert in 1986.
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May his soul rest in peace.