Friday, July 25, 2008

R.I.P.: Randy Pausch

Prof whose 'last lecture' became a sensation dies
Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist whose "last lecture" about facing terminal cancer became an Internet sensation and a best-selling book, died Friday. He was 47.

Pausch died at his home in Virginia, university spokeswoman Anne Watzman said. Pausch and his family moved there last fall to be closer to his wife's relatives.

Pausch was diagnosed with incurable pancreatic cancer in September 2006. His popular last lecture at Carnegie Mellon in September 2007 garnered international attention and was viewed by millions on the Internet.

And I was thinking about him recently, too.

I originally posted about him in “The Dreams Will Come To You”. The video there no longer functions (thanks for that, Oprah!), but I transcribed a snippet from that speech that I think is worth reading again.

Update: The entire lecture can be seen as video or read as transcript.

Previously here:

ABC’s Randy Pausch: The Last Lecture Online

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