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Satoshi Nakamoto, the anonymous creator of the wildly divisive digital currency bitcoin, has been nominated for the Nobel Prize in Economics.
Writing in The Huffington Post, UCLA professor of finance Bhagwan Chowdhry says that he is using his official nomination to nominate Satoshi for his work on bitcoin.
Digital currency bitcoin was created in 2009, but almost nothing is known about its inventor. His identity was kept secret from all members of the bitcoin community, and he slowly phased out his contributions as the technology grew in popularity.
He now hasn’t been heard from in years — although after Newsweek named a Japanese-American man, Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, as being the “real” Satoshi in 2014, an account linked to the creator posted a message: “I am not Dorian Nakamoto.”
One popular theory for the identity of Nakamoto is Nick Szabo, a developer who had worked on creating digital cash prior to the launch of bitcoin, and is now involved in the bitcoin space. Szabo has denied the connection, however.
The lack of hard facts about its creator hasn’t stopped bitcoin exploding in popularity, however. A single bitcoin is