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A Bit of Rajeev Motwani in Every Technology: Google Co-Founder

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Stanford Professor Rajeev Motwani

Stanford Professor Rajeev Motwani

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"Today, whenever you use a piece of technology, there is a good chance a little bit of Rajeev Motwani is behind it," wrote Google co-founder Sergey Brin on his mentor's death. "Officially, Rajeev was not my advisor, and yet he played just as big a role in my research, education, and professional development," Brin wrote in his blog Friday hours after Motwani, 47, a Stanford University Indian-American computer science professor, was found dead in his swimming pool at his California home.

Motwani, who was best known for mentoring numerous Stanford graduate students, including Google co-founders Larry Page and Brin, was also a special adviser to Sequoia Capital and invested in companies including PayPal and Google. Condolences poured out over the Internet as news spread about the sudden demise of Motwani, a Kanpur IIT graduate who received his Ph.D. in computer science from University of California, Berkeley in 1988.

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