Larry Page was born on March 26, 1973 in East Lansing, Michigan, to two computer experts. His father Carl helped pioneer computer science and artificial intelligence and his mother taught computer programming, a duo that would naturally produce a technologically gifted son. Page went on to receive a bachelor's of science in engineering degree from the University of Michigan.
Sergey Brin was born on August 21 in Moscow, Russia, the son of a Soviet mathematician economist. His family emigrated to the United States in 1979 to escape Jewish persecution, and it was at our very own University of Maryland at College Park that Brin received his degree in mathematics and computer science.
In 1995, the two met as young men studying computer engineering as graduate students at Stanford University. The lads began work on a campus-wide online search engine called BackRub, which grew in popularity until it eventually took up too much bandwidth and expansion was halted.
Page and Brin continued to work on their search engine, and on September 15, 1997, Google.com was registered as a domain name. The name Google comes from the word "googol", the number 1 x 10^100. They were obviously already predicting the magnitude and influence of their invention.
Google is an important part of the Internet experience and the modern convenience of having millions of pages of information at your fingertips. Other search engines have tried and failed to achieve the popularity of Google (sorry Yahoo, Bing). Without Google, the Internet, invented by Tim Berners-Lee , would be nearly unnavigable.
Google, Inc. today owns and operates about a million different search engines, advertising services (which are now partnered with Mark Zuckerberg 's Facebook to give everyone the most creepily personalized advertising experience possible), communication tools, publishing programs, developmental tools, map programs, statistical tools, desktop applications, operating systems, mobile apps, and even physical hardware like smartphones (to challenge Steve Jobs' famous iPhone), the Chromebook, and Google Glass. Google is literally everywhere, but we wouldn't know what to do with ourselves without it.