Randy Pausch is dead


#1

Anyone else heard the news about Randy Pausch?

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In Memoriam Randy Pausch, Innovative Computer Scientist at Carnegie Mellon, Launched Education Initiatives, Gained Worldwide Acclaim for Last Lecture

PRNewswire (07/25/08)

Randy Pausch, renowned computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, died July 25 of complications from pancreatic cancer at the age of 47. Celebrated in his field for co-founding the pioneering Entertainment Technology Center and for creating the innovative educational software tool known as "Alice," Pausch earned his greatest worldwide fame for his inspirational "Last Lecture." That life-affirming lecture, a call to his students and colleagues to go on without him and do great things, was delivered at Carnegie Mellon on Sept. 18, 2007, a few weeks after Pausch learned he had just months to live. Titled "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," the humorous and heartfelt talk was videotaped, and unexpectedly spread around the world via the Internet. Tens of millions of people have since viewed video footage of it. Pausch, who had regularly won awards in the field of computer science, spent the final months of his life being lauded in arenas far beyond his specialty. ABC News declared him one of its three "Persons of the Year" for 2007, while Time magazine named him to its list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Pausch was well-known within the academic community for developing interdisciplinary courses and research projects that attracted new students to the field of computer science. He also spent his career encouraging computer scientists to collaborate with artists, dramatists and designers.

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His famous last lecture at CMU about 'Achieving Your Childhood Dreams':

<= Highly recc'ed. Do watch it.

His death is a great loss, IMO, as I already mentioned on my blog (link in sig). I enjoyed listening to his last lecture which was quite inspirational.


#2

I am his great fan* like you. I agree with you 200% that his death is a great loss to the world. He was/is and will be a great inspiration for for everyone.


#3

Thanks for sharing the news. I didn't know about him until I read this thread. And after reading description of his lecture on Wikipedia, I am definitely going to download it.