He was a professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, whose research focused on theoritical computer science. He was an early advisor and supporter of companies including GOOGLE & PAY PAL, and a special advisor to SEQUOIA CAPITAL. He was a winner of the GODEL PRIZE in 2001.
Stanford University and Google Inc have created an endowed chair in memory of Rajeev Motwani, a computer science professor who died accidentally earlier this year at age 47.
The announcement came at a memorial service for Motwani, who guided many graduate students in computer science, including Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page.
“The breadth and depth of Rajeev’s contributions in academia and industry are unparalleled in computer science. Yet they pale in comparison to the impact he had through the many researchers and entrepreneurs whom he taught and mentored,” said Brin, Google’s president for technology. “While I am sad to lose a good friend, I know his spirit will live on through generations of technologies and technologists to come.”
Educated in India and the United States, Motwani had been at Stanford since 1989. In addition to his groundbreaking research into data mining, he was known as a savvy angel investor.
He drowned in a backyard swimming pool following an annual party for graduate students.