Randolph Frederick Pausch, affectionately known as Randy, was born October 23 1960. Randy died aged 47 after a two year battle with Pancreatic cancer.
Randy, who was born in Baltimore USA, was a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is perhaps most well known for his incredibly inspiring lecture entitled "The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams." He gave this lecture just a year after being diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer, and just a month after he was told it would end his life within six months. The video has been shared numerous times and catapulted Randy into the nations conscience. His subsequent book, also called "The Last Lecture" became a New York Times Best Seller.
Randy gave a shortened version of his "Last Lecture" on the Oprah Winfrey show in October 2007. The theme of the lecture was centered around asking people to think what would they tell the world should it be their last chance. In other words, what wisdom would they want to impart on the world? During the lecture Randy reflected on his life and tried to use his own life experiences to inspire his students. By the end of the twenty minute lecture Randy's students had given him a standing ovation and Randy had performed press up's on stage!
Randy, is survived by his wife and three children.
Randy's Last Lecure
BIRTH NAMERandy Pausch
BORNOCt 23 1960
DIEDJul 25 2008 (aged 47)
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