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**Mihir Bellare** is a cryptographer and professor at the University of California San Diego. He has published several seminal papers in the field of cryptography (notably in the area of provable security), many of which were co-written with Phillip Rogaway. Bellare has published a number of papers in the field of Format-Preserving Encryption. His students include Michel Abdalla, Chanathip Namprempre, Tadayoshi Kohno and Anton Mityagin. Bellare is one of the authors of skein.

In 2003 Bellare was a recipient of RSA's Sixth Annual Conference Award for outstanding contributions in the field of mathematics for his research in cryptography.^{[1]} In 2013 he became a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.^{[2]}

Bellare's papers cover topics including:

- HMAC
- Random oracle
- OAEP
- Probabilistic signature scheme
- Provable security
- Format-preserving encryption

Bellare's work is slated to be used in Bitcoin.^{[3]}

**^**[www.rsa.com] Archived January 7, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.**^**"ACM Names Fellows for Computing Advances that Are Transforming Science and Society" (Press release). Association for Computing Machinery. Archived from the original on 2014-07-22. Retrieved 2013-12-10.**^**[github.com]

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