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Alan Emtage

Alan Emtage, was a systems administrator at McGill University in Montreal when he invented the first Internet search engine in 1989. This search engine, which he dubbed ‘Archie,’ is a play on the word “archive.” While looking for ways to save time when finding software, Emtage created a program to search the servers for him. His invention led to the prototype for today’s robust search engines. Indeed, Emtage often jokes that Archie was the great-great-grandfather of Google.