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Immigrant Profile: Sergey Brin

Background

Sergey Brin was on August 21, 1973 in Moscow, Russia. His parents were Michael Brin, a mathematics professor and Eugenia Brin, a researcher for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

Immigration to the United States

Sergey and his family came to the United States when he was only 6 years old. Because of their Jewish heritage, it would have been quite difficult in Moscow for him to gain a higher education and his choice of a profession.

He attended Eleanor Roosevelt High School and gained his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland. He eventually moved on to Stanford University and obtained his M.S and was working on his Ph.D. His research had given him a vast knowledge of information for data mining, extraction of information from an unstructured source and search engines.

Professional Background & Achievements

Along with his friend Larry Page, they created a PageRank algorithm. Up unto this day, this is still used by Google in order to rank web pages. Their success on their project on University computers made the two confident that it was time to start their own company.

Finally, in 1997, Page and Brin registered the domain google.com. The creation of Google is one of the biggest accomplishments for Brin, so far. The company which began in a garage with Page in 1998 has innovated the way the world searches and uses information.

The company has gone on to be one of the most successful in history. Brin entered the National Academy of Engineering in 2004 for his leadership in creating a rapid World Wide Web indexing and retrieval platform used by hundreds of millions of people.

Contribution to the U.S. Economy

Perhaps one of the greatest contributors to the United States economy has been the jobs created by Google over the past number of years. With new businesses and partnerships started up each year, Google is not only a leader, but one of the fastest growing companies in the world.

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