Page was born on March 26, 1973, in Lansing, Michigan. His mother is Jewish, his maternal grandfather later immigrated to Israel. However, Page’s upbringing has been done without any religious practice or influence and he has declared himself no formal religion. His father, Carl Victor Page Sr., earned a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Michigan. BBC reporter Will Smale described him as a “pioneer in computer science and artificial intelligence”. Page’s father was a computer science professor at Michigan State University and his mother Gloria was an instructor in computer programming at Lyman Briggs College at the same institution
Page was first attracted to computers when he was six years old, as he was able to “play with the stuff lying around”—first-generation personal computers—that had been left by his mother and father. He became the “first kid in his elementary school to turn in an assignment from a word processor”.
Larry Page attended a Montessori school in the primary grades and later graduated from East Lansing High School. He was an honors student at the University of Michigan, where he also participated in the university’s solar car team, reflecting another lifelong interest: sustainable transportation technology. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, he began graduate studies in computer science at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. It was there that he first undertook the project of analyzing patterns of linkage among different sites on the World Wide Web. It was also at Stanford that he first met fellow computer science graduate student Sergey Brin and recruited him to join his research project.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin
Larry Page and Sergey Brin are the CEO and president of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, respectively.
They met at Stanford University while studying for Ph.D. ‘s in computer science and launched Google in 1998.
One day in July 2001, Larry Page decided to fire Google’s project managers. All of them.
It was just five years since Page, then a 22-year-old graduate student at Stanford, was struck in the middle of the night with a vision. In it, he somehow managed to download the entire Web and by examining the links between the pages he saw the world’s information in an entirely new way.
What Page wrote down that night became the basis for an algorithm. He called it PageRank and used it to power a new Web search engine called BackRub. The name didn’t stick.
Together, they invented Google’s PageRank algorithm, and in 2015 they created Alphabet, which includes Google, Nest, Calisco, and other entities.
Each notably takes an annual salary of $1 from Alphabet? their wealth comes from the value of their shares in the company.
In 2002, Page was named a World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow and along with Sergey Brin was named by MIT’s Technology Review publication as one of the top 100 innovators in the world under the age of 35.
In 2004, Page and Brin received the Marconi Foundation’s prize and were elected Fellows of the Marconi Foundation at Columbia University.
In 2004, X PRIZE chose Page as a trustee of their board and he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. In 2005, Brin and Page were elected Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
In 2008 Page received the communication Award from King Felipe at the Princess of Asturias Awards on behalf of Google.
In 2011, Page was ranked 24th on the Forbes list of billionaires, and as the 11th richest person in the U.S.
In 2009, Page received an honorary doctorate from the University of Michigan during a graduation commencement ceremony.
After 2014, Fortune magazine named Page its “Businessperson of the Year,” declaring him “the world’s most daring ”
In October 2015, Page was named number one in Forbes’ “America’s Most Popular Chief Executives”, as voted by its employees
Over the years, Google has achieved many spectacular milestones. Their audience continued to grow rapidly along with their reputation for being the most efficient, reliable firm offering relevant data search at maximum speeds.