Famous Montessori Alumni: Sergey Brin & Larry Page

Published: 14th March 2011
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There is an endless list of famous and accomplished Montessori Alumni around the world that you might be surprised to know. It is often claimed that Montessori education unlocks creativity, as the following biography suggests!

The world’s largest Internet company, Google.com, was founded by two Montessori Alumni, Sergey Brin and Larry Page. They became friends while studying in Stanford and started Google.com in a rented garage space!

Sergey moved to the United States at the age of 6 from Russia. While living in Maryland, he completed grade school at Paint Branch Montessori School and was later home schooled before attending the University of Maryland.

Brin double majored in computer science and mathematics, graduating with honors. He continued to work on his doctorate at Stanford University. Here he focused on data mining systems but along with his new friend Larry Page, Brin ventured into new territory, publishing academic articles and creating what would become a global force- Google.

Larry Page grew up in Michigan and attended the Okemos Montessori School. Similar to Brin, Page stayed close to his family for his bachelor’s degree and attended the University of Michigan where he graduated with a degree in computer engineering with honors.

He moved to Stanford to complete a MS is computer science before pursuing a PhD. He chose to pursue a doctorate with a focus on ‘exploring the mathematical properties of the World Wide Web’. It was during this time he met Sergey Brin.

Brin and Page decided to suspend their studies at Stanford to go forward with implementing what they projected to be the most superior internet search engine. Soliciting money from friends, family and just about anyone else they could find, they started to build the server and program for a website based on search engine and online advertising technology.

Officially launched in 1998, Google set out "to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful." Google continues to expand today with Buzz, Talk, AdWords, the Droid, Gmail and so much more. For these two Montessori Alum there is no limit to fulfilling their mission.

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