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About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Adleman, Leonard M.
Location University of Southern California
Primary Field Computer and Information Sciences
Secondary Field Mathematics
 Election Citation
Adleman is best known for two major accomplishments: his seminal 1994 experiment with DNA in the field of molecular computation, and the RSA (Rivest, Shamir, and Adleman) Public-Key Cryptosystem, for which he and his colleagues received the Turing award.
 Research Interests
My deepest devotion is to mathematics. I have published in number theory, complexity theory and symbolic logic, but my interest in the topic is universal. I have on occasion applied mathematical ideas to practical problems such as cryptography. I have also been interested in taking a mathematical approach to the physical and biological sciences, as for example when investigating the potential of DNA as a computational substrate. It is my belief that after generations of specialization in the sciences, it is once again possible to be a generalist; a scientist who understands mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology and who can traffic in the best concepts of all of these fields.

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