Bitcoin Core is Bitcoin’s most popular software implementation. Behind Wladimir van der Laan, Pieter Wuille has made the second most contributions to it. His, however, have arguably been much more significant.
He is one of the most well-respected developers in the Bitcoin space; his work has led to such improvements as BIP 66, libsecp256k1, and Segregated Witness. Also known as SegWit, Segregated Witness has helped to reduce the problem of scalability by decreasing the size of data segments used in blockchain systems. The technology has been implemented in Bitcoin, Litecoin, Digibyte and Vertcoin. He also helped to create bech32, an encoding scheme that functions as an improvement over the original base58check encoding used in Bitcoin
Pieter is also one of the co-founders of Blockstream, a blockchain development company.
“Applying cutting-edge cryptography and security engineering, we’re building the products and networks that make financial markets more efficient by reducing reliance on trust,” as stated on the company’s official website. “With a long term outlook on delivering robust and scalable solutions, we invest heavily in research and development to strengthen the Bitcoin ecosystem and protocol.”
Prior to entering the blockchain space, Pieter worked at Google in Switzerland as a site reliability engineer. Born in Belgium, he received a PhD in computer science at the University of Leuven, Belgium. He also speaks English, French, and Dutch.
However, there is very little else to discover about Pieter online besides his activity within the bitcoin community. This is representative of a lot of the users of the currency who like to protect their privacy.Tags: Bitcoin, blockchain, cryptocurrency