Richard Crandall

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Richard E. Crandall is an American Physicist and computer scientist who has made contributions to computational number theory.

He is most notable for the development of the irrational base discrete weighted transform, an important method of finding very large primes. He has, at various times, been Chief Scientist at NeXT Inc. and Apple's Chief Cryptographer. He is currently Vollum Adjunct Professor of Science and director of the Center for Advanced Computation at Reed College. He fronted a band called the Chameleons in 1981. Crandall is also Apple Distinguished Scientist and is head of Apple's Advanced Computation Group. His Erdős number is 2.

He has been awarded numerous patents for his work in the field of cryptography. Dr. Crandall also owns and operates PSI Press, an online publishing company.


  • Pascal Applications for the Sciences. John Wiley & Sons, New York 1983.
  • with M. M. Colgrove: Scientific Programming with Macintosh Pascal. John Wiley & Sons, New York 1986.
  • Mathematica for the Sciences, Addison-Wesley, Reading, Mass, 1991.
  • Projects in Scientific Computation. Springer 1994.
  • Topics in Advanced Scientific Computation. Springer 1996.
  • with M. Levich: A Network Orange. Springer 1997.
  • with C. Pomerance: Prime numbers: A Computational Perspective. Springer 2001.


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