Early life:

Lawrence Page, or Larry Page was born March 26, 1973 in East Lansing, Michigan. Larry Page grew up in a household with a passion for technology. His father, Carl Page, was an expert and pioneer in the field of computer science and artificial intelligence. His mother was also skilled with computers as she taught computer programming at Michigan State University. As both parents were tech experts, it is no surprise that their passion for all things technology was passed on to their son, Larry Page. Since he was young he would play with the computer equipment lying around his house. It did not take long for Larry to figure out how a word processor works on a computer. He actually ended up turning in an assignment at school using one. After graduating from high school, Larry Page went on to pursue a higher education at the University of Michigan where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering with honors. During his time of study at the University he managed to build an inkjet printer made up of LEGO bricks. He was also a member of the “Maize & Blue” University of Michigan Solar Car team. His passion for technology clearly showed in his hobbies. He then went on to take his education even further at Stanford University, where he decided to narrow down his focus to computer engineering. It was at Stanford University where Larry Page met his future partner, Sergey Brin. Here they would work together on a research project, which (little did they know) would grow into one of the most powerful tools on the internet.

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From an early age Larry Page was introduced to personal computers which would eventually shaped his career path. After receiving his B.S. in computer engineering and while in graduate school he wanted to focus on “the project of analyzing patterns of linkage among different sites on the World Wide Web.” Larry Page idea was to “devise a method for determining the number of Web pages linked to any one given page” and “soon found that ranking Web sites by the number of links leading to it from other sites was a far more useful measure of a Web document's relevance to a user's search criteria.” Together with another classmate he wrote an essay on "Dynamic Data Mining: A New Architecture for Data with High Dimensionality," and followed it with "The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hyper textual Web Search Engine." Becoming one of the most popular papers downloaded about the internet. This eventually led Page and his partner to register the name in 1997. This turned into a private held company in 1998 which Larry Page served as the CEO. As Google continued to grow by selling text based ads directed personally at the user, they recruited a Novell executive to serve as the current CEO while Page took the title as President of Products. By the age of the 27, Larry Page and his partners where about take a conceptual idea and turn it into a multi-billion dollar business practice which has continued to grow and expand through the tactical purchases of hardware and software enterprises.

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Larry Page’s biggest contribution to information technology is the creation the most widely used search engine on the internet, Google, which has developed from a dorm room prototype to a business that employs thousands.

As the internet and World Wide Web were just beginning, Larry Page created a “PageRank” tool that ranked websites according to the number of links leading to it from other website. In short, “PageRank” could refine the web, making research much easier. Larry, with the help of classmate and future business partner Sergey Brin, created a search engine prototype called “BackRub,” which was much more efficient than search engines used at the time.

Larry and Sergey then created Google in 1997 in attempt to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” By 2001 Google was rapidly advancing and its shareholders had become millionaires, and by 2006 “Google had over 10,000 employees and annual revenues well over $10 billion” (Achievement). Google had become well established within the internet, having more than a million servers around the world, and later began to offer many more services such as Gmail and Google Earth.

Google also innovates through its employees as they may spend a significant amount of work time on personal projects, “As many as half of Google’s new products originated in this Innovation Time Off Program” (Achievement). Google’s growth also stems from doing business with hardware and software companies, for example YouTube was merged in 2006 after which it began making a much larger profit than before.

In short, Larry Page has made one of the most significant additions to information technology and the internet communication through Google.

"Larry Page Biography"

Publications, patents, and other intellectual property:


“ The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine” was published by Lawrence Page and Sergey Brin at Stanford University. The work consists of the beginning stages of the Google search engine that we know today. The paper “provides an in-depth description of [their] large-scale web search engine” (Brin & Page).

" What can you do with a Web in your Pocket?” This work was published by Lawrence Page along with Sergey Brin, Rajeev Motwani, and Terry Winograd. The work aims to argue that “within a few decades one will be able to store and process all the human-generated text on the Web in a shirt pocket” (Brin, Motwani, Page, & Winograd).


Larry page seems to hold six patents:

· 1. Patent Number: 8,156,444 Title: Systems and methods for determining a user interface attribute.

· 2. Patent Number: 8,127,220 Title: Scoring links in a document.

· 3. Patent Number: 7,605,844 Title: Imaging opposing bound pages at high speed using multiple cameras.

· 4. Patent Number: 7,437,351 Title: Method for searching media.

· 5. Patent Number: 7,421,432 Title: Hypertext browser assistant.

· 6. Patent Number: 7,363,291 Title: Methods and apparatus for increasing efficiency of electronic document delivery to users.

Other Intellectual Property'

· I ran a search through the Intellectual Property Rights Search Database for “Lawrence Page” and “Larry Page,” but no results were returned. While Google does hold a number of Intellectual Property Rights they are not solely the property of Larry Page.

Awards and Recognitions:

2002: Larry Page was named to the MIT Technology Review as one of the top 100 innovators in the world below the age of 35.

2003: Larry Page received an honorary MBA from Instituto de Empresa "This distinction was awarded to the founders of Google for embodying the entrepreneurial spirit and lending momentum to the creation of new businesses, which has always been a prominent feature of Instituto de Empresa’s mission."

2004: Larry Page received the Marconi Foundation Prize. "This is the Nobel Prize of communications, and honors the world’s top inventors in communications and technology. Francesco Paresce Marconi, Marconi’s grandson and Foundation chairman, awarded the prize, which is given for “creativity in service to humanity.”

2004: Larry Page was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. "Government-created non-profit institution in the United States, that was founded in 1964 under the same congressional act that led to the founding of the National Academy of Sciences."

2004: Larry Page and Sergey Brin were named Persons of the Week by ABC World News Tonight. "Two young men in their 30s have had an extraordinary impact on people's lives … millions of people. Their universe got bigger this week, and thus so did the world's."

2004: X PRIZE chose Page as a trustee for their board. "The X PRIZE Foundation is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity, thereby inspiring the formation of new industries and the revitalization of markets that are currently stuck due to existing failures or a commonly held belief that a solution is not possible."

2005: Larry Page was elected a member of Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. "American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems."

2009: Larry Page received an honorary doctorate from the University of Michigan in 2009 during graduation commencement ceremonies.

2012: Larry Page was ranked 24th on the Forbes list of billionaires and the 13th richest person in the United States. Larry is also ranked 30th most powerful person in the world.

Josef Rainer (talk) 04:07, September 21, 2012 (UTC)

Critical analysis and interpretation:

====Google’s PageRank and Beyond: The Science of Search Engine” ==== =

= =This book serves as an introductory lesson into the ideas behind PageRank and search engines. Langville begins by discussing basic mathematical principles associated with search engines and builds the reader up so they can understand what the algorithms behind PageRank actually mean. = ==== “Deeper Inside Pagerank” ==== This article explains how the PageRank algorithm works and discusses several major flaws associated with its implementation. The main issue discussed within the article is that of storage. Google’s PageRank requires massive amounts of storage space and the very nature of PageRank causes some issues in the form of dangling nodes. A dangling node is a webpage that doesn’t have any links to other webpages and part of PageRank’s system is to determine rank based on the amount and authority of a webpage’s link. When a webpage has a lot of dangling nodes it can lead to a deflated PageRank rating. As more and more research papers and technical documents are being moved online the proportion of dangling nodes as grown significantly.

Management Team Page on Google

Google’s own bio page for its founders and important members tells how the company was founded by Larry Page and Sergei Brin at Stanford in 1998. The page goes on to discuss Page’s other awards and involvement in the tech community.

“What is Google PageRank and How Do I Interpret It?”

This is a website that allows users to determine their Google PageRank for free and explains what the different rankings mean. The site goes on to break down the type of PageRank different types of sites should try to achieve and how often PageRanks are calculated and posted by Google.

Application to IT or ITC professionals:

Larry Page is one of the co-founders for Google, which is one the leading search engines today. Page is important to IT and ITC professionals in more ways than one. Page inventing Google has helped enhance our recall and precision to make it possible to have all the information we need at our fingertips. According to S. M. Shafi & Rafiq A. Rather, recall is defined as “the ability of a retrieval system to obtain all or most of the relevant documents in the collection”. He is more than just a co-founder for Google; he also is an inspiration for young IT and ITC professionals. Page is the motivation that these young professionals need and want. He is a prime example that if a future entrepreneur works hard to develop a good idea then it has the potential to grow into something like Google one day. All one has to do is put their mind to it, never give up and never lose hope. According to an article done by Mary Bellis, Page, along with Sergey Brin, developed Google while doing a research project at Stanford University. His research project at Stanford shows that it is possible to start a global company from nothing. The initiative and creativity he demonstrated is the same that would allow people to believe in themselves and their ideas and become successful. To those IT and ITC professionals that want to contribute to the computer world he is the living, breathing example of how this can be done, that it is possible. Page serves as a resource for other young professionals by consulting with and collaborating with them about their ideas for a potential new discovery. Page acts as a facilitator for these young professionals to develop other ideas that may become as successful as Google. When Larry Page shares his thoughts and ideas, he is a motivator for these young professionals.

Mary Bellis. (n.d.). Who Invented Google?. In Retrieved September 18, 2012, from

S.M. Shafi; Rafiq A. Rather. (August 9, 2005). Precision and Recall of Five Search Engines for Retrieval of Scholarly Information in the Field of Biotechnology. In Webology. Retrieved September 18, 2012, from

Works Cited:

Early Life:

. "Larry Page - Early Life and Education." Wikipedia. N.p., 09 21 2012. Web. 22 Sep 2012. <

" Larry Page." 2012. 22 Sep 2012, 08:27


"Larry Page Biography"

Publications, Patents, & Other Intellectual Property citations:

Awards and Recognitions cites:

Critical Analysis and Interpretation Cites:

"What Is Google Pagerank and How Do I Interpret It?" OM4. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Sept. 2012. <>.

"Management Team." Google. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Sept. 2012. <>.

Langville, Amy N., and Carl D. Meyer. "Deeper Inside PageRank." N.p., 4 Oct. 2004. Web. 23 Sept. 2012. <>.

Langville, Amy N. Google's PageRank and Beyond: The Science of Search Engine. New Jersey: Princeton UP, 2012. Print.

Application to IT and ITC professionals:

Mary Bellis. (n.d.). Who Invented Google?. In Retrieved September 18, 2012, from

S.M. Shafi; Rafiq A. Rather. (August 9, 2005). Precision and Recall of Five Search Engines for Retrieval of Scholarly Information in the Field of Biotechnology. In Webology. Retrieved September 18, 2012, from