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Press Release | Dec. 2, 2005

NSA/CSS Inducts Four Pioneers Into The National Cryptologic Museum's Hall Of Honor

Four pioneers of American cryptology were inducted into the NSA/CSS Hall of Honor today at the National Cryptologic Museum. In his keynote remarks during the induction ceremony, William B. Black, Jr., Deputy Director, National Security Agency, highlighted the distinguished achievements of each of the inductees:

  • Dr. William A. Blankinship, a pioneer in research for mathematical applications to cryptography.
  • Mr. Francis A. Raven, an influential cryptanalyst responsible for expanding and modernizing cryptologic training.
  • Mr. Arthur Salemme, an expert cryptologist and catalyst for pioneering breakthroughs in language barriers and problems.
  • Rear Admiral Joseph N. Wenger, USN, lead the way in the development of machines for use in cryptanalysis.

The Hall of Honor, created in 1999, pays tribute to the pioneers and heroes who have made significant and enduring contributions to American cryptology. For more information on the NSA/CSS Hall of Honor or the National Cryptologic Museum, visit the NSA Homepage at

The National Cryptologic Museum is located at the intersection of Maryland Route 32 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (I-295), adjacent to the headquarters of the National Security Agency. Hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (except Federal holidays), and 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month. Admission is free. For further information, please call 301-688-6524.