Thrun was born in 1967 in Solingen, Germany (then West Germany), the son of Winfried and Kristin (Grüner) Thrun. He completed his Vordiplom (intermediate examination) in computer science, economics, and medicine at the University of Hildesheim in 1988. At the University of Bonn, he completed a Diplom (first degree) in 1993 and a PhD (summa cum laude) in 1995 in computer science and statistics.
- Named one of Brilliant 5 by Popular Science in 2005
- CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, 1999—2003
- Olympus award, German Society Pattern for Recognition, 2001
- #4 on Foreign Policy magazine's Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2012
- Thrun was the 2012 recipient of Smithsonian magazine's American Ingenuity Award in the Education category.
- Received a Doctorate Honoris Causa from México.
Links of intrest
- Sebastians wiki entry
- He is the founder of Udacity, which can be found here
- His cv along with other information can be found here