Born: March 26, 1962, New Delhi

Died: June 5, 2009, Atherton

Spouse: Asha Jadeja

Books: Introduction to Automata Theory, Languages, and Computation, Randomized Algorithms

Education: University of California, Berkeley (1988), Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Awards: Godel Prize


  • Rajeev Motwani is a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University .
  • He is also the Director of Graduate Studies.
  • He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Berkeley in 1988.
  • He researched  in computer science, including databases, data mining, and data privacy, web search and information retrieval, robotics, computational drug design, and theoretical computer science.
  • Randomized Algorithms published by Cambridge University Press in 1995, and an undergraduate textbook published by Addison-Wesley in 2001 are the two books written by him.
  • He has received
  1. the Godel Prize
  2. the Okawa Foundation Research Award,
  3. the Arthur Sloan Research Fellowship,
  4. the National Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation,
  5. the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Kanpur,
  6. the Bergmann Memorial Award from the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation,
  7. an IBM Faculty Award.
  • He is a Fellow of the ACM and of the Institute of Combinatorics .
  • He is a member of 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.
  • He also served on various boards such as  Adchemy, Anchor Intelligence, BASES, Baynote, DotEdu Ventures, Flarion, Google, Mimosa Systems, Neopath Networks, Revenue Science, Stanford Student Enterprises Ventures, and Vuclip.
  • He is a charter member of TIE (The IndUS Entrepreneurs) and on the board of BASES (Business Association of Stanford Engineering Students).



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