News Article - 06 May 2014
The IMA Gold Medal is awarded every two years "in recognition of outstanding contributions to mathematics and its applications over a period of years". In this case, the IMA will honor Dr Cocks's contributions to developing mathematics as a key tool in cryptography, and especially his development of a practical method for Public Key Encryption, which has subsequently become the foundation of internet security across the world. The IMA also recognises his work in developing the mathematics profession: for example through his part in the setting up of the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research as a partnership between GCHQ and the University of Bristol.
Clifford Cocks holds an honorary D.Sc. from Bristol University, and was appointed a CB in the 2008 New Year Honours List.