June 2009: Google founders’ mentor found dead in swimming pool

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2009/jun/07/rajeev-motwani-dead-google-swimming-pool

A US computer science professor who played a key role in the creation of the internet search giant Google has been found dead at the age of 47 after apparently falling into his swimming pool.

Rajeev Motwani was mentor to Google’s founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, when they were PhD students at Stanford university. His body was found in the pool of his home in Atherton, California, on Friday.

A spokesman for the university said the cause of death was unclear. Friends said he could not swim, but was planning to learn. Some reports speculated that Motwani, who regularly worked late into the night, could have accidentally fallen into the pool after going outside in the dark.

On his blog, Brin led tributes to Motwani as the inspiration behind a number of computing advances. “Today, whenever you use a piece of technology, there is a good chance a little bit of Rajeev Motwani is behind it,” he wrote.

“When Larry and I began to work together on the research that would lead to Google, Rajeev was there to support us and guide us through challenges, both technical and organisational.”

A 1998 paper written by Page, Brin and Motwani, unearthed by the blog TechCrunch, discussed the development of Google. “We have developed a global ranking of web pages called PageRank based on the link structure of the web that has properties that are useful for search and navigation … We have used PageRank to develop a novel search engine called Google, which also makes heavy use of anchor text,” it said.

Stanford said Motwani’s work on data mining influenced the way algorithms are used in Google searches. It pointed out that he was also an influential investor who backed the initial development of what turned out to be a number of successful hi-tech companies and initiatives, including the internent payment giant PayPal.

“Rajeev’s connections to Silicon Valley were all important, but he will be remembered most for the personal friendships he had with students, faculty colleagues and staff in the department. We will all miss him tremendously,” Jim Plummer, the dean of the school of engineering, told the university’s news service.

Motwani was born in Jammu, India, and grew up in New Delhi. He travelled to the United States for his doctorate in computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is survived by his wife, Asha Jadeja, and two daughters.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajeev_Motwani

He completed his B.Tech in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in 1983 and got his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988 under the supervision of Richard M. Karp.

The San Mateo County coroner, Robert Foucrault, ruled the death an accidental drowning. Toxicology tests showed that Motwani’s blood alcohol content was 0.26 percent. He could not swim, but was planning on taking lessons, according to his friends.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_M._Karp

He is most notable for his research in the theory of algorithms, for which he received a Turing Award in 1985, The Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science in 2004, and the Kyoto Prize in 2008.

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a blast from the past..the master of the google algorithm..and how he died..check out his books..

“Rajeev Motwani was mentor to Google’s founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, when they were PhD students at Stanford university. His body was found in the pool of his home in Atherton, California, on Friday.”

and this:

Robert Foucrault, ruled the death an accidental drowning. Toxicology tests showed that Motwani’s blood alcohol content was 0.26 percent.”

0.26% is huge..you are totally drunk if thats your level..seems out of character?

anyone remember this or have anything to add?

401

~ by seeker401 on September 17, 2018.

3 Responses to “June 2009: Google founders’ mentor found dead in swimming pool”

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajeev_Motwani

    “Another Bizarre Google Key Player Death! The Silicon Valley Murders (or just coincidence)?Rajeev Motwani invented the mood manipulation and page ranking system that Google now uses as it’s key technology. According to many in Silicon Valley, Rajeev taught the technology to Google’s founders, who made “Google” with the information. Then Rajeev, in perfect health, was found floating, dead, face-down in his Silicon Valley swimming pool (Breitbart similarity?).

    Conspiracy theorists say he was killed with a spy agency-class non-detectable cardiac arrest vapor (The existence of this kind of kill-vapor is now public knowledge) to avoid the exposure of the fact that Google is now using “mood manipulation” for subliminal political voter manipulation.

    Cleantech Executive Gary Conley, a whistle-blower about, and enemy of, Google’s investors, was found with a bullet in his head in the backfields of a Northern California Air Force base. His family and friends say he would never have hurt himself.

    There are a number of other strange Google-related deaths…”

    https://thegaryconleycase.weebly.com/details-part-1.html

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