Rajeev Motwani- might be this name seems unfamiliar to many, but in the technology world and at Stanford University ( Google born from this university ), he was a very respectable person and mentor in whole. Rajeev passed away on June 5, 2009.
Rajeev was a professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. His homepage at Stanford University here. His research interests included Databases, data mining, information retrieval, and web searching. Motwani was one of the co-authors ( With Larry Page and Sergey Bin- Google co-founders ) of influential PageRank Algorithm. And the people who knows about how google works, knows the importance of Pagerank Algorithm. One can say – The Google is PageRank Algorithm. Motwani never seemed to care about that limelight. He was quietly working for the technology which is affecting every one of us who uses Google today and forever. He was an early advisor and supporter of Google and Paypal.