One of the best things that happened to our generation is the existence of the internet and every other thing associated with it. Obviously, one thing that comes to mind whenever the internet is mentioned is Google; an Internet-related service and product company that has a large market share and authority in almost all parts of the world where internet exists. For this reason and so many others too numerous to be mentioned here, salutations are in order for Sergey Brin and Larry Page the co-founders of the American multinational technology company – Google Inc.
If not for Larry and Sergey and what they devoted their time to invent on the computer, our world would have been a whole lot held back from where we have come to be presently. For this reason and many others, let’s find out who one (Larry Page) of these inventors really is.
Larry Page Bio (Education)
On the 26th day of March 1973, Lawrence Edward Page was born to Carl Victor Page and Gloria Page in East Lansing, Michigan, U.S. Carl and his wife Gloria were both experts in computer; while the former held a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and was a renowned pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), the latter instructed computer programming at Lyman Briggs College and at Michigan State University. Thus, it is not surprising to see that their child took after them.
As a child, Larry Page grew up surrounded by computers and science & technology magazines which he devoted time to pouring over and absorbing all the knowledge he could find in them. His older brother Carl Page taught him how to take things apart and piece them together and this piqued his curiosity in tech even more as he began taking apart most items in their house to see how they worked after which he will piece them back together and they would always function as before if not better.
Being a curious and creative kid, the conventional school system couldn’t have brought out the best in Larry, this probably explained why his parents enrolled him in a school where student independence and creativity were nurtured. Thus, Larry schooled at the Montessori Radmoor, located in Okemos Michigan but was previously called Okemos Montessori School. Page was there from 1975 till his graduation in 1979 before he proceeded to East Lansing High School where he graduated in the year 1991.
As a high schooler, Page spent two summers at the Interlochen Center for the Arts as a saxophonist. He has credited his music training for the “high-speed legacy of Google” stating that the consciousness of playing the right note in a music performance at the right time and duration helped form his sense of speed in computation.
After his stay in high school, Larry Page enrolled at the University of Michigan where he earned a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering in 1995. Following this, he enrolled straight away for his Ph.D. in Stanford University where he sat for and passed his Ph.D. qualifying exams. Thus, he was awarded a Master of Science in computer science (MSCS) from Stanford University being that a rule existed in the college where Ph.D. students who have passed their Doctorate qualifying exams can request for a Masters Degree without having to present a Masters Thesis. This rule is said to exist till today.
Google and Co-Founder – Sergey Brin
In the year 1995 while at Standford for his Ph.D., Larry Page met fellow researcher Sergey Brin while working on understanding the mathematical properties of the World Wide Web under a project nicknamed “BackRub.” Their research and its findings saw to the emergence of the paper “The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine” which focused squarely on the ranking of web pages based on citations in academic publishing. These academic works at that time were about 10 million documents with an unaccounted number of links between them.
In the course of time and with further research and development of BackRub which saw to the emergence of BackRub’s web crawler, PageRank algorithm, setting up a machine laboratory in Page’s dormitory room and converting Brin’s room to an office and programming center, BackRub gradually metamorphized into Google. With funding from friends, family and faculty members, Sergey Brin and Larry Page incorporated Google in 1998 with the domain name Googol. While Page appointed himself as the CEO of the newly incorporated company, Brin served Google’s president.
Larry Page served as Google’s first CEO from its incorporation till 2001 when he stepped aside for Eric Schmidt to hold the mantle of leadership. By April 2011, Larry assumed his role again only to step aside in July 2015 to serve as the CEO of Alphabet, a multinational conglomerate and parent company of Google which also has versed interest in several industries like technology, finance, research, and life sciences.
Being someone who co-invented products and services that are used in almost all parts of the world, including pioneering the invention of future technologies which will ultimately change for good the way we live our lives, Larry Page is no doubt seating on top of wealth.
The Google co-founder and chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc. has a net worth reported to be about $48.8 billion as of 2018. At this net worth, he was listed as the 12th richest person on Forbes list of billionaires in 2018.
Who is His Wife?
Larry Page is married to Lucinda Southworth, a research scientist and sister of Carrie Southworth. They started dating in 2006 before they got married in 2007 on Richard Branson’s Necker Island and have been married since then. Together, they are parents to two children born in 2009 and 2011. Other than this, there is no other information in our reach about the computer geek’s children.
Lucinda Southworth was born on May 24, 1979, to Dr. Van Roy Southworth and Dr. Cathy McLain. Her dad worked at the World Bank while her mom was an educational psychologist. Lucinda graduated from the University of Pennsylvania before bagging her Master’s Degree from Oxford University and later Doctor’s degree in biomedical informatics at Stanford after which she began working as a researcher.