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Sundar Pichai

Apr 20, 2016

Sundar Pichai has helped change the world. Last summer he became the CEO of Google. You can look him up, er, I mean, you can Google him. He was the head guy on Google Drive. That's the original term for "the cloud." He worked on Google Chrome, Gmail and Android phones. A great many of us can't tell which side of a street we're on without checking Google Maps. He was born in Chennai, India, to a middle-class family, and discovered an aptitude for numbers when his family got its first telephone, a rotary, when he was 12.

He is an engineer. So is his wife. Engineers use science to solve problems and make things. Engineering applies a combination of logic and intuition to problem solving. It's a way of thinking that leaves one well suited to run a company. We are all watching for what he produces next.

Nye is a science educator and the author of Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World

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