James L. Massey served on the faculties of the University of Notre Dame, Indiana (1962-1977), the University of California, Los Angeles (1977-1980), and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zürich (1980-1998), where he now hold emeritus status. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Lund, Sweden, and at the Danish Technical University, Lyngby.
He has served the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory as Editor and as Associate Editor for Algebraic Coding and the Journal of Cryptology as an Associate Editor. He is a past President of the IEEE Information Theory Society and of the International Association for Cryptologic Research.
Massey was a founder of Codex Corporation (later a division of Motorola) and of Cylink Corporation (now a subsidiary of SafeNet).
His awards include the 1988 Shannon Award of the IEEE Information Theory Society, the 1992 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal "for contributions to the theory and practical implementation of forward-error-correcting codes, multi-user communications, and cryptographic systems; and for excellence in engineering education", the 1987 IEEE W.R.G. Baker Award (joint with P. Mathys) for the "most outstanding paper reporting original work in the Transactions, Journals, and Magazines of IEEE Societies or in the Proceedings of the IEEE", and the 1999 Marconi International Fellowship, and the 2004 IEEE Information Theory Society Distinguished Service Award. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences, a member emeritus of the U. S. National Academy of Engineering, an honorary member of the Hungarian Academy of Science, a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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