Google at Stanford
The web search engine at the heart of Google's success and popularity was created by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1996-1997. Larry Page was born in East Lansing, Michigan and likely became interested in mathematics and computers due to his parents, who both worked as computer science professors at Michigan State University. After earning an undergraduate degree in computer science, Page went on to complete a Master's at Stanford and then enrolled in the PhD program. His PhD research focused on the structure of the World Wide Web. During his time at Stanford, Page developed the PageRank concept. PageRank still lies at the core of Google's ability to produce search results.
During these studies, Page met Sergey Brin, a fellow computer science student at Stanford. Brin was born in Russia but his family came to the United States in 1979 when he was six. Like Page, Brin's family had a tradition of studying mathematics. Brin's father, Michael Brin, is a mathematics professor at the University of Maryland. Brin's mother, Eugenia Brin, is a NASA scientist. Sergey Brin completed his undergraduate studies in math and computer science at the University of Virginia before moving to Stanford.
The newly created Google service operated from Stanford's servers for about a year. Google proved so popular that it consumed a large percentage of the university's Internet bandwidth. The University encouraged Brin and Page to take their project off campus. It was relocated to Menlo Park, California in September 1998.