Silvio Micali was born on October 13, 1954, in Palermo, Italy. Micali is an Italian computer scientist, professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the founder of Algorand. Micali's investigation centers on cryptography and information security. He was honored with the Godel Prize in 1993, Turing Award in 2012, and ACM Fellow in 2017. He received the RSA Award for Excellence in Mathematics in 2004. In 2007, he was selected to be a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the International Association for Cryptologic Research(IACR). In 2015 the university of Salerno acknowledged his studies by giving him an honoris causa degree in Computer science.


Silvio Micali graduated in mathematics from the La Sapienza University of Rome in 1978 and earned a Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1982, for research supervised by Manuel Blum. Micali’s research interests are cryptography, zero-knowledge, pseudorandom generation, secure protocols, and mechanism design.


Micali founded Algorand in 2017, which is a proof-of-stake blockchain cryptocurrency protocol, its native cryptocurrency is called ALGO. Algorand is composed of a company and a foundation. Algorand foundation manages ecosystem growth, award funding, cryptographic research primitives, on-chain governance, and decentralization of the Algorand network. The Algorand test network was launched to the public in April 2019, and the main network was launched in June 2019.