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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. 

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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.

Arthur Salemme

2005 Hall of Honor Inductee

Arthur Salemme was an expert Russian cryptologist, superb lexicographer, effective teacher, and prolific author. During his years at NSA, he was a catalyst for pioneering breakthroughs in language barriers and problems.

Mr. Salemme earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at Georgetown University and began his cryptologic career in 1947 at Arlington Hall, enrolling in an intensive Russian language-training course. During World War II, he performed traffic analysis on Japanese communications. From the 1950s to the mid-1970s, he performed pioneering work in machine translation. His insistence on precision made him one of the best lexicographers of his time, and he became a leading specialist in Russian and German while simultaneously supervising a number of high priority projects that met critical cryptologic requirements.

For years, he served as the editor of NSA's Cryptolog and wrote numerous articles that improved the way NSA language analysts functioned. His last position at NSA was in the Language Research division, where he served as an expert consultant and helped shape language training. He was the first chairman of a panel to certify Russian language proficiency. He also assisted the FBI and the Patent and Trademark Office in establishing, for the first time, an effective system of quality of control for official translations.

Mr. Salemme retired from NSA in 1979 and passed away in April 1999.