Rajeev Motwani in 2006
|Born||March 26, 1962
|Died||June 5, 2009 (aged 47)
Atherton, California, United States
|Occupation||professor, angel investor|
Rajeev Motwani (Hindi: राजीव मोटवानी; March 26, 1962 – June 5, 2009) was a professor of Computer Science at Stanford University whose research focused on theoretical computer science. He was an early advisor and supporter of companies including Google and PayPal, and a special advisor to Sequoia Capital. He was a winner of the Gödel Prize in 2001.
Early life 
Rajeev Motwani was born in Jammu to a Hindu Sindhi family. He grew up in New Delhi. His father was in the Indian Army. He has two brothers. As a child, inspired by luminaries like Gauss, he wanted to become a mathematician Motwani went to St Columba's School, New Delhi. He completed his B.Tech in Computer Science from IIT Kanpur in 1983 and got his Ph.D. in Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley in 1988 under the supervision of Richard Karp.
Motwani joined Stanford soon after U.C. Berkeley. Motwani was one of the co-authors (with Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and Terry Winograd) of an influential early paper on the PageRank algorithm, the basis for Google's search techniques. He also co-authored another seminal search paper What Can You Do With A Web In Your Pocket with those same authors.
He was also an author of two widely-used theoretical computer science textbooks, Randomized Algorithms (Cambridge University Press 1995, ISBN 978-0-521-47465-8, with Prabhakar Raghavan) and Introduction to Automata Theory, Languages, and Computation (2nd ed., Addison-Wesley, 2000, with John Hopcroft and Jeffrey Ullman).
Prior to his involvement with Google, Motwani founded the Mining Data at Stanford project (MIDAS), an umbrella organization for several groups looking into new and innovative data management concepts. His research included data privacy, web search, robotics, and computational drug design.
He was an avid angel investor and had funded a number of successful startups to emerge from Stanford. He sat on the boards of Google, Kaboodle, Mimosa Systems, Adchemy, Baynote, Vuclip, NeoPath Networks (acquired by Cisco Systems in 2007), Tapulous and Stanford Student Enterprises among others. He was also active in the Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students (BASES).
He served on the editorial boards of SIAM Journal on Computing, Journal of Computer and System Sciences, ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data, and IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering.
Personal life 
Motwani, and his wife Asha Jadeja, had two daughters named Naitri and Anya.
Motwani was found dead in his pool in the backyard of his Atherton home on June 5, 2009. The San Mateo County coroner, Robert Foucrault, ruled the death an accidental drowning. Toxicology tests showed that Motwani's blood alcohol content was 0.26 percent. He could not swim, but was planning on taking lessons, according to his friends.
- Gödel Prize
- Okawa Foundation Research Award
- Arthur Sloan Research Fellowship
- National Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation
- Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Kanpur
- Bergmann Memorial Award from the US-Israel Bi-National Science Foundation
- IBM Faculty Award
- Rajeev Motwani, computer scientist at Stanford; adviser, investor in Silicon Valley, dead at 47
- Rajeev Motwani at the Mathematics Genealogy Project.
- Brin, Sergey; Motwani, Rajeev; Page, Lawrence; Winograd, Terry (1998). "What can you do with a Web in your Pocket?". IEEE Data Engineering Bulletin 21 (2): 37–47
- NeoPath Networks Locks Up $6M Equity Financing; August Capital and DCM-Doll Capital Management Lead the Investment 2004-03-08
- "Cisco kisses NeoPath products goodbye" by Deni Connor, Network World, 2007-04-04. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
- Rajeev Motwani, Google founders’ professor and early investor, dies 2009-06-05
- 2001 Gödel Prize citation
- Arora, Sanjeev; Lund, Carsten; Motwani, Rajeev; Sudan, Madhu; Szegedy, Mario (1998). "Proof verification and the hardness of approximation problems". Journal of the ACM 45 (3): 501–555. doi:10.1145/278298.278306.
- Google mentor Rajeev Motwani dies in freak accident 2009-06-07
- Lee, Henry K. (July 16, 2009). "Stanford tech mentor was drunk when he drowned". San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Communications, Inc. pp. D–4. Retrieved 2009-07-17.
- Weaver, Matthew (2009-06-07). "Google founders' mentor found dead in swimming pool". guardian.co.uk. Guardian News and Media Limited.
- Remembering Rajeev Motwani
- Rajeev Motwani passes away 2009-06-06
- Faculty homepage
- DBLP: Rajeev Motwani
- Mathematician at heart
- Professor Rajeev Motwani at The Telegraph