Rajeev Motwani

Rajeev Motwani (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 Godel Prize in 2001.


Rajeev Motwani was born in Jammu and grew up in New Delhi. His father was in the Indian Army. He had 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 the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in 1983 and got his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988 under the supervision of Richard M. Karp.


  • Theoretical computer science
  • Data privacy
  • Web search
  • Robotics
  • Computational drug design


  • Godel Prize in 2001
  • Okawa Foundation Research Award
  • Arthur Sloan Research Fellowship
  • National Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Kanpur in 2006
  • Bergmann Memorial Award from the US-Israel Bi-National Science Foundation
  • IBM Faculty Award

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