As a 16-year old, Sarah Flannery achieved fame when she became the winner of the Esat Young Scientist Exhibit in 1998, the Irish Young Scientist of the Year Award. Based on her internship-related work, which was conducted with researchers at Baltimore Technologies, she also received the European Young Scientist of the Year Award in 1999 for her instrumental work in the development of cryptography's Cayley-Pulser algorithm, named after the 19th-century British mathematician (Cayley), modeled after the mathematician (Pulser) who inspired her during her internship.

Three years later, in 2002, Sarah Flannery cowrote the book In Code: A Mathematical Journey, with her father, David Flannery. The book covers public-key cryptography, her work in developing this particular algorithm, and her interest in solving mathematical puzzles. ...

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