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Nick Szabo

Nick Szabo

An American computer scientist, legal scholar, cryptographer, and inventor of smart contracts.

Nick Szabo is an American computer scientist and legal scholar famous for his work in cryptography, digital contracts, cryptocurrencies, and inventing the concept of smart contracts. He attended the University of Washington, and graduated with a computer science & engineering degree. He would later go on to hold an honorary professorship at the Universidad Francisco Marroquin.

Nick Szabo created the predecessor to Bitcoin with similar advanced math and cryptography algorithms to Bitcoin called bit gold.

He published the BitGold proposal in 1998, a decade before Satoshi Nakamoto released the paper on Bitcoin.

Some people believe that Nick Szabo played a crucial role in the development of Bitcoin, even going so far as to claim that he is Satoshi Nakamoto the creator of Bitcoin, although Szabo denies that he is Satoshi. Szabo made the following statement regarding accusation of him being Satoshi Nakamoto:

I will say this, in the hope of setting the record straight: I’m not Satoshi, and I’m not a college professor. In fact, I never was a college professor.

Timeline

January 1, 1953
Nick Szabo was born.

Patents

Further Resources

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Author
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All-Star Panel: Ed Moy, Joseph VaughnPerling, Trace Mayer, Nick Szabo, Dr. Craig Wright

November 12, 2015

Crypto Profiles: Nick Szabo, The Quiet Cryptocurrency Pioneer

Oliver Dale

Web

Is There Any Doubt This Man Created Bitcoin?

Jeff John Roberts

Web

Nick Szabo - History of the Blockchain

November 14, 2015

Nick Szabo - Keynote - Smart Contracts Symposium

December 12, 2016

News

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Author
Date
Publisher
Description
Zoë Bernard and Grace Kay
February 26, 2021
Business Insider
If the mysterious creator of bitcoin ever reveals their identity, the crypto market could be upended. Here's what we know about Satoshi Nakamoto.

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