Excerpt from The PC Pioneers
Sergey Brin was born in Russia but moved to the USA where he attended a Montessori school (as did Page). His father was a professor in mathematics at a nearby university. His mother worked at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center simulating how weather might affect space travel. Brin had moved to America from Russia with his parents at the age of six. By the age of nineteen he had graduated with honours in mathematics and computer science.
Larry Page used a computer at home from the age of six. His father was one of the first to achieve a computer science degree and later a PhD at the University of Michigan. His mother was a database consultant and both parents taught computer programming. Page himself graduated in computer engineering but also took a series of business courses to broaden his experience.
The two met at Stanford where Brin was assigned to give Page an introductory tour of the college. Page and Brin suggested later that they were keenly pursuing PhDs to follow in their father’s footsteps and had absolutely no plans to enter the commercial world. But they launched Google…