Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) was a well-known Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction (Alice.org) professor at Carnegie Mellon (CMU) who gave his (now famous) “Last Lecture” at CMU on September 18, 2007.
The “Last Lecture” was an ongoing series of lectures where top academics were asked to think deeply about what matters to them, and then give a hypothetical “final talk” (i.e. what wisdom would you try to impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance). Sadly, this was truly Pausch’s “last lecture” as as he was terminally ill with pancreatic cancer and given 3-6 months of “good health” by his doctors. In the moving presentation, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals. Long video (75 minutes) but worth the time.