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The Friedman Legacy: A Tribute to William and Elizabeth Friedman

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To term this modest collection The FriedmanLegacy requires both explanation and apologia. OfFriedman, as of Wren, it might well be said, “If youseek his monument, look around you” at the giantand far-flung corporate entity that representsMoreTo term this modest collection The FriedmanLegacy requires both explanation and apologia. OfFriedman, as of Wren, it might well be said, “If youseek his monument, look around you” at the giantand far-flung corporate entity that representsAmerican cryptology today. But a most tangible andrewarding form of his legacy for many of us haslong been his “Lectures.” First published withinNSA in 1963, after serialization in a journal fiveyears earlier, they were republished two yearslater by his first recruit into government serviceand the first commandant of the NationalCryptologic School, the eminent cryptologist FrankRowlett. In his Foreword to that edition, Mr.Rowlett described the lectures as “. . . the history ofCryptology [as] recorded by the most prominentpioneer in the application of scientific principles tothe field – one who, without question, laid the foundationfor our modern concepts. It is hoped thatboth new and old employees may be inspired with afeeling of belonging to a profession that abounds indrama and fascination and that has had a profoundimpact on history.”