Phil Zimmermann

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Philip R. Zimmermann (born 1954) is an American computer scientist and cryptographer. He is the creator of Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), the most widely used email encryption software in the world. He is also known for his work in VoIP encryption protocols, notably ZRTP and Zfone. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Phil Zimmermann has received more than 415,667 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). Phil Zimmermann is the 126th most popular computer scientist (up from 130th in 2019), the 7,049th most popular biography from United States (up from 7,863rd in 2019) and the 74th most popular Computer Scientist.

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Among computer scientists, Phil Zimmermann ranks 126 out of 201Before him are Paul G. Comba, Liu Gang, Arthur Samuel, Alan Shugart, Kathleen Antonelli, and Michael Dertouzos. After him are Shafi Goldwasser, Richard E. Stearns, Andy Rubin, Gary McKinnon, Anita Borg, and Bill Joy.

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Among people born in 1954, Phil Zimmermann ranks 304Before him are Hanif Kureishi, Idrissa Ouédraogo, Piero Gros, Antonio Olmo, Robert Carradine, and Marie-Theres Nadig. After him are Doug Bradley, Erwin Wurm, Ariane Ascaride, Cindy Breakspeare, Joe Bryant, and Stanley A. McChrystal.

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Among people born in United States, Phil Zimmermann ranks 7,049 out of 18,182Before him are Robert Lowell (1917), Kyle Gass (1960), John Ratzenberger (1947), Sheila E. (1957), William Schuman (1910), and Cornelius Johnson (1913). After him are Martin Dempsey (1952), Micky Dolenz (1945), Bill Robinson (1877), Bruce Arena (1951), Robert L. Eichelberger (1886), and Jenny Slate (1982).


Among computer scientists born in United States, Phil Zimmermann ranks 74Before him are Jean Bartik (1924), Adele Goldberg (1945), John L. Hennessy (1952), Annie Easley (1933), Arthur Samuel (1901), and Alan Shugart (1930). After him are Shafi Goldwasser (1958), Richard E. Stearns (1936), Andy Rubin (1963), Anita Borg (1949), Bill Joy (1954), and Charles P. Thacker (1943).