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Press Release | Sept. 1, 2004

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, Lt Gen Michael V. Hayden, USAF, Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service, highlighted the distinguished achievements of each of the inductees:

  • Dorothy T. Blum, a pioneer in writing computer software at NSA, Ms. Blum significantly shaped the architecture of computers systems and automation of processes
  • James R. Chiles, a brilliant engineer, he was responsible for innovations in remote keying for Communications Security devices, including high-speed electronic key generators
  • Meredith Gardner, a talented, self-taught linguist fluent in German, Japanese and Russian, he proved instrumental in breaking the underlying code and led the efforts to reconstruct the codebooks on the VENONA project
  • John Tiltman, a UK citizen, he was considered one of the finest cryptanalysts on non-machine systems and was an early and persistent advocate of British cooperation with the United States in cryptology

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.