Rajeev Motwani, 47 (June)
As a Stanford University professor, Motwani advised Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page during Google's infancy while they were in college, and was an angel investor in big Silicon Valley companies such as Google and PayPal.
won the Godel Prize, a major computer science award, in 2001. Brin wrote on his
, following Motwani's death: "Today, whenever you use a piece of technology, there is a good chance a little bit of Rajeev Motwani is behind it."