James Gillogly

James Gillogly

James J. Gillogly is an American computer scientist and cryptographer.


Gillogly has had a long history with computers. He wrote a chess-playing program in the Fortran programming language in 1970, and in 1977 he ported the code for "Colossal Cave" from Fortran to C.

He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1978, receiving a Ph.D. in computer science. His dissertation was on "Performance Analysis of the Technology Program". [http://genealogy.math.ndsu.nodak.edu/html/id.phtml?id=50361]

Gillogly worked as a computer scientist at RAND, specializing in system design and development, and computer security. He has written several articles about technology and cryptography, was the editor of the "Cipher Exchange" column for "The Cryptogram", and was president of the American Cryptogram Association.

He is best known for his work solving or debunking some of the world's most famous unsolved codes. In 1980 he wrote a paper debunking the Beale Ciphers, and he received international media attention for being the first person to publicly solve parts 1-3 on the CIA's Kryptos sculpture in 1999. He also coordinates a large mailing list about the ciphers in the Voynich Manuscript. On the PBS website, they report that he has been called "arguably the best non-government cryptanalyst in the U.S." in the field of classical (historical) cryptosystems. [http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/decoding/]

Among his other hobbies, Gillogly is a singer, and has sung both at Renaissance fairs and with a chamber music group in Carnegie Hall.

He currently splits his time between California and Hawaii.

elected articles

* [http://www.rand.org/pubs/authors/g/gillogly_james_j.html Articles by Gillogly at rand.org] , 1970–1994
** [http://www.rand.org/pubs/papers/P4428/ MAX: A FORTRAN Chess Player"] , 1970, RAND Paper
** [http://www.rand.org/pubs/reprints/RP345/ Exploratory modeling: search through spaces of computational experiments"] , 1994, RAND Reprint
** [http://www.rand.org/pubs/reprints/RP308/ "The impact of response options and location in a microcomputer interview on drinking drivers' alcohol use self-reports"] , 1990, Rand Corporation, co-written with Ron D. Hay,s Robert M. Bell, Laural A. Hill, Matthew W. Lewis, Grant N. Marshall, Ronald Nicholas, Gordon Marlatt
*"The Technology Chess Program", 1972, "Artificial Intelligence", Volume 3, pp. 145-163 [http://www.informatik.uni-trier.de/~ley/db/journals/ai/ai3.html#Gillogly72]
* [http://members.fortunecity.com/jpeschel/gillog2.htm Articles by Jim Gillogly]
** [http://members.fortunecity.com/jpeschel/gillog3.htm# "The Beale Cipher: A Dissenting Opinion"] , April 1980, "Cryptologia", Volume 4, Number 2
** [http://members.fortunecity.com/jpeschel/gillog1.htm "Ciphertext-Only Cryptanalysis of Enigma"] , October 1995, "Cryptologia", Volume 19, Number 4

ee also

*Cryptanalysis of the Enigma

External links

* [http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,66334,00.html "Solving the Enigma of Kryptos"] , January 21, 2005, "Wired News"
* [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/daily/july99/kryptos19.htm "Cracking the Code of a CIA Sculpture"] , July 1999, "Washington Post"
* [http://books.guardian.co.uk/news/articles/0,6109,1504317,00.html "Interest grows in solving cryptic CIA puzzle after link to Da Vinci Code"] , June 11, 2005, "The Guardian"
* [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2000/10/12/wswed12.xml "Swedish team beats code to win 10,000 pounds"] , October 12, 2000
* [http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/decoding/faceoff.html "Decoding Nazi Secrets"] , by Jim Gillogly; "NOVA Online", PBS

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