Larry Page - Biography
Lawrence Edward "Larry" Page
Computer scientist and businessman
He was born on March 26, 1973 in East Lansing, Michigan, United States.
Gloria´s Page son, a programming teacher at the University of Michigan, and Carl V. Page, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence teacher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Michigan, an authority on the field of Artificial Intelligence. Although his mother is Jewish he received a secular education and he doesn´t practise any religion.
When he was two years old he began to attend a school that applied the famous Montessori method. His interest in computers began when he was six years old and his interest in technology when he was twelve years old. His youthful idol was Nikola Tesla. He attended to the East Lansing High School, after he was graduated with honours in the Michigan State University with a degree in Computer Engineering. PhD in Computer Science at Stanford University. The business School awarded him with an honorary master's degree in Business Administration, and he was the first person to achieve a society Recent Alumni Award engineering graduate at the University of Michigan.
Larry Page met Sergey Brin at the orientation´s conferences for new students at Stanford University. At first sight he did not get on with Sergey Brin, they seemed to disagree on almost everything but soon they became friends and they started sharing ideas, especially his mathematical interest in the World Wide Web. Together they wrote an article "The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine".
Combining ideas they started to fill their shared bedrooms with cheap computers, and they started to check news search engines in the web. Their project grew quickly and in 1996 they created BackRub, a Google´s predecessor search engine, based on PageRank´s technology patented. The project showed to be an excellent search engine, so they decided to give up the university and to employ their full time to their project. They requested financial support to friends, teachers and family for buying servers and for renting a garage in Menlo Park, California.
Afterwards, Sun Microsystems gave to them a check with the amount of $100.000 on behalf of Google Inc, but there was a problem because the company had not been created yet. Finally they funded Google in 1998. Google was the last name because of its similarity with the term GOGOL which in English is the number 10 to 100, in reference with the amount of information they were trying to organize.
After one year they had a budget of $25 millions, and they moved their offices to Googlepex, current headquarters in Mountain View, California. In 2004 the company went to the stock exchange and since then its shares have had a stratospheric growth.
Google is a company with a market capitalization of hundreds of billions of dollars and one of the most innovative companies in the world. Several times a year they update their product, eliminating some of them and putting others new into service.
Over the years, Google has gone from being a company focused on a search engine to cover a wide spectrum of industries. They have presented cars that are driven by themselves, autonomous robots and even nanoparticles to identify and to cure cancer.
Page was the responsible for the company day to day; however Brin was the responsible for the special projects. In January 2011, Google announced that Eric Schmidt would take Page´s place in April, as executive director. On April 4, 2011 Page became the Google´s official executive president. In 2014, Larry Page designated Sundar Pichai as a Google product manager, in that way he could focus on others projects and in the business.
Google INC., has been awarded with many prizes. In 2004 they were awarded with the Marconi Fellows, and Sergei Brin has spoken at several academic forums, business and international technology, including the Wold Economic Forum and the Conference on Technology Entertainment and Design.
On December 8, 2007 he got married in the Caribbean island of Necker (Richard Branson´s property) with Lucinda (Lucy) Southworth, who has a degree in biomedical sciences for the University of Pennsylvania and Oxford. The wedding has about 700 guests attended by aircraft fleets of taxis to bring the guests. They were parents of two children, born in 2009 and 2011.
He suffered an illness that affected his vocal cords. He was diagnosed with a vocal cord paralysis after he suffered a cold a decade earlier and that caused that his voice is rougher.