HomeAbout UsCryptologic HeritageHistorical Figures and PublicationsHall of Honor

Cryptologic Hall of Honor

The Cryptologic Hall of Honor was created in 1999 to pay special tribute to the pioneers and heroes who rendered distinguished service to American cryptology.

The standards are high for induction into this great hall. The individuals honored were innovators over their entire careers or made major contributions to the structure and processes of American cryptology. The men and women who have been inducted to the Cryptologic Hall of Honor are all greats in the once silent world of cryptology.

In the early days of America's cryptologic effort, many of the "giants" did both Signals Intelligence and Information Assurance. They made important contributions to both offensive and defensive cryptology. As such, they were among the first inducted into the Cryptologic Hall of Honor. 

Honor - Bio - ArticleCS - Dashboard - DRAFT

Lester K. Myers, 2020 Hall of Honor inductee
Lester K. Myers
By | Dec. 15, 2020
About Lester K. Myers, former NSA Senior Language Analyst, mentor, and 2020 Hall of Honor inductee.

Dr. Whitfield Diffie, 2020 Hall of Honor inductee
Dr. Whitfield Diffie
By | Dec. 15, 2020
About Dr. Whitfield Diffie, computer security pioneer and 2020 Hall of Honor inductee.

Barbara A. McNamara, 2020 Hall of Honor inductee
Barbara A. McNamara
By | Dec. 15, 2020
About Barbara A. McNamara, former NSA Executive Assistant to the Director, former NSA representative to the Department of Defense, former Deputy Director NSA, and 2020 Hall of Honor inductee.

Dr. David Kahn, 2020 Hall of Honor inductee
Dr. David Kahn
By | Dec. 15, 2020
About Dr. David Kahn, Journalist, Author, former NSA Scholar-in-Residence, and 2020 Hall of Honor inductee.

George R. Cotter 2020 Hall of Honor inductee
George R. Cotter
By | Dec. 15, 2020
About George R. Cotter, former NSA Chief of Staff, NSA Chief Scientist, and 2020 Hall of Honor inductee.

Edward A. Everett

2006 Hall of Honor Inductee

Mr. Edward "Ted" A. Everett was born in 1925 in Jaffa, Palestine, and grew up as a native speaker of both Arabic and English. Mr. Everett was educated at the American University in Beirut and then Georgetown University. In 1956, he left employment at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut and became an employee of the National Security Agency.

As a senior language analyst, he initiated an extensive NSA language effort and established an overseas language operation from scratch. He made important contributions in intelligence support during almost every crisis in the Middle East from the 1950s to the 1990s. Mr. Everett developed cryptologic language training for both the U.S. Army and NSA. He developed and taught four dialect courses for NSA, the first dialect courses offered by the National Cryptologic School. Nearly 30 years later, the materials he devised for these classes are still used as reference aids by operational analysts today.

Mr. Everett was the first chairman of the Arabic Professional Qualifications Examination (PQE) committee at NSA, and developed the first ever PQE used for any language at the Agency. The working aids he developed have formed the basis for many of the electronic language databases still in use today.

Mr. Everett's lexicographical expertise was so well known that he was asked for by name and became a major contributor to a definitive dictionary of Arabic. His colleagues referred to him as the "father of Arabic language analysis" in the cryptologic community.