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Who Are The All-Time Heroes of i-Technology?

From Ada, Countess of Lovelace to Jamie Zawinski

Sergey Brin

 

Brief Description: Son-of-college-math-professor turned co-founder of Google, Inc.

Further Details:

"Research on the Web seems to be fashionable these days and I guess I'm no exception.  Recently I have been working on the Google search engine with Larry Page."

With these now epochal words, Sergey Brin recorded on his Stanford University-hosted Web page his passionate interest in the "Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine" that has since then changed the lives of everyone who has ever used the World Wide Web.

With a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Maryland, Moscow-born Brin graduated with high honors in Mathematics and honors in Computer Science in May 1993 before moving to the Computer Science department at Stanford to study for his Ph.D. - studies which have been interrupted by the rise and rise...and rise...of Google.

"To engineer a search engine is a challenging task," he wrote in a paper co-authored with Larry Page. "Search engines index tens to hundreds of millions of web pages involving a comparable number of distinct terms. They answer tens of millions of queries every day. Despite the importance of large-scale search engines on the web, very little academic research has been done on them. Furthermore, due to rapid advance in technology and web proliferation, creating a web search engine today is very different from three years ago. This paper provides an in-depth description of our large-scale web search engine -- the first such detailed public description we know of to date. "

By 2004, with Google, Inc. now a public company, he and Larry Page were named "Persons of the Week" by ABC World News Tonight. Brin's official title at Google is "Co-Founder & President, Technology."

He is currently "on leave" from the Ph.D. program in computer science at Stanford University, where he received his master's degree. So long as he continues to share responsibility for day-to-day operations with Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, he probably won't be back.

Stanford's loss is the i-Technology world's gain.

More Stories By Jeremy Geelan

Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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