Radia Perlman(1951- )
Her thesis on routing in the presence of malicious failures remains the most important work in routing security. She has made contributions in diverse areas such as, in network security, credentials download, strong password protocols, analysis and redesign of IPsec's IKE protocols, PKI models, efficient certificate revocation, and distributed authorization. In routing, her contributions include making link state protocols robust and scalable, simplifying the IP multicast model, and routing with policies.
Born in Portsmouth, Virgnia, she holds BA, MS and PhD degrees from MIT.