Larry Edward Page is an American Computer Scientist and internet Entrepreneur. Larry Page and Sergey Brin are the co-founders of Google and Larry was its CEO from 1997 to 2001. Larry Page was born on March 26, 1973 in Lansing, Michigan. His creation of Google allowed him to garner a substantial amount of wealth and as of April 2021, his net worth is approximately 103.7 billion, a statistic which makes him the sixth richest man in the world.
Larry Page’s Early Life and Education
Larry Page has no official Religious affiliation and nether was his upbringing done with any official Religious practice, even though his mother is Jewish and his maternal Grandfather migrated to Israel after his birth. it seems that he followed firmly in his father’s (Carl Victor Page Sr) footsteps because his father also has a degree ( PHD) in Computer Science which he earned at the University of Michigan. A reporter by the name of Will Smale described Carl as a “Pioneer in artificial intelligence and computer science”. Carl (Larry’s father) was a computer science professor at Michigan State University.
His mother (Gloria) was also an instructor in computer programming at Lyman Briggs College which is also apart of the same institution. Page recalled in an interview that when he was younger his childhood home was a mess. He recalled that there were “computers, popular science magazines, science, and tech magazines all over the place”. This was an environment in which he was very immersed. Page loved to read during his youth . Writer Nicholas Carlson said that the combines influences of Larry’s home atmosphere and the attentiveness of his parents “fostered innovation at creativity”. Page also enjoyed studying music compositions and playing music when he was growing up.
Larry page’s parents use to send him to music Summer camp. He could recall that his musical education was the fuel that caused him to become so obsessed and impatient with speed in computing. He said that ” In some sense, I feel like music training lead to the highspeed legacy of Google for me”. Page said that “In music, you’re very cognizant of time. Time is like the primary thing” and that “If you think about it from a music point of view, if you’re a percussionist, you hit something, it’s got to happen in milliseconds, fractions of a second”.
Page’s fascination with computers started at the age of six years old. Larry use to be able to play with the first gen computers that his mother and father would leave lying around. He would become the “first kid in his elementary school to turn in an assignment from a word processor “. His older brother was the one who thought him to take things apart and before long he started to take everything in his household apart in order to see how it worked. Larry also had a desire for inventing things from a very early age and as a result of this he started to become heavily interested in business and technology.
He recalled that ever since he was 12 years old he knew that he would eventually start his own company. Page attended the Okemos Montessori School which is now called Montessori Radmoor, it is located in Okemos, Michigan. He graduated from Okemos in 1979 and matriculated to the East Lansing High School and graduated in 1991.He would attend Summer school at the Interlochen Centre of the Arts where he played the flute but he would mainly play the saxophone, which he would do for two Summers. Larry Page attended the University of Michigan, and obtained his Bachelors of Science in Computer Science with honours. He would later attend Stanford University and earned his Masters of Science in Computer Science there.
During Page’s time at the University of Michigan he constructed a inkjet printer that was literally made of Lego bricks. He thought it would be possible to cheaply print large posters using inkjet cartridges. Larry Page reverse engineered the ink cartridge and built the electronics and mechanics required to make it work. When Page was an undergrad he held a few roles within fraternities and clubs at the University of Michigan.
During Page’s PHD studies at Stanford University he would consider the possibilities of exploring the mathematical properties of The World Wide Web. He had this idea where he would seek to understand its structure as a huge graph, and idea which his supervisor, Terry Winograd, encouraged him to pursue. Page was also open to exploring the idea of self driving cars and research on telepresence. Page and Brin would work on developing a search engine and it would eventually evolve into the Google that we know today.
Mark Malseed wrote this in a 2003 featured story; ” Soliciting funds from faculty members, family and friends, Brin and Page scraped together enough to buy some servers and rent that famous garage in Menlo Park. [soon after], Sun Microsystems co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim wrote a $100,000 cheque to “Google, Inc.” The only problem was, “Google, Inc.” did not yet exist—the company hadn’t yet been incorporated. For two weeks, as they handled the paperwork, the young men had nowhere to deposit the money”.
Google, Inc was incorporated in 1998. It had the initial domain name “Googol”. The name was derived from a number that consists of one followed by one hundred zeros. The name was also a representation of the vast amount of data that the search engine intended to explore. After the inception of the company Page named himself the CEO and Brin was named as Google’s co-founder and president. Their mission was to organise the world’s information and make it easily accessible to the world. By June of 2000 Google had already indexed one billion Internet URLS which made it the most comprehensive search engine on the web at the time. Google would eventually grow into the multi-purposed tech company that it is today.
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