Wikipedia says this is due to Robert Coveyou.
Myself I prefer Knuth's line (from the introduction to TAOCP chapter 3) that (in italics) `random numbers should not be generated with a method chosen at random'. He then goes on to provide several examples of awful PRNGs, such as the original rand(), and shows why they're bad...
(... and a few pages later, whose name pops up, but Robert Coveyou!)
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