Randy Pausch was an American professor of computer science, and design at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania.
However, due to pancreatic cancer, he passed away on July 25, 2008.
After learning about his sickness, he decided to give one last lecture as a professor, titled:” the last lecture: really achieving your childhood dreams”. He also co-authored a book titled the last lecture, which addresses the same subject
“The Last Lecture” was held at CMU on September 18, 2007, whereby, before the speech, he received a long standing ovation from 400 colleagues and students.
Pausch had offered people many inspirational life lessons, and accomplished a great many things. I believe, that his efforts to give one last lecture in his remaining time had given many people motivation and helped made the world a slightly better place. The lecture was directed at his “work family”, telling them to go on without him and do great things. I felt that Pausch’s speech also gave people new reason to reconsider their ambitions, and chase their dreams, while at the same time showing us new ways to look at other peoples’ flaws and talents and how to put them to good use.
Just as there are many great people in the world, through his speech, Randy Pausch’s perseverance and unwavering spirit has definitely made him one. He might have lost the battle against cancer, but he had definitely won the battle against the world.
Here is a video showing his speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo
Stephanie (3 Unity)