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Last Lecture Lecturer Randy Pausch Dies at 47

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Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch became an Internet inspiration when he uploaded his Last Lecture to the Net in the fall of 2007 — an academic exercise (if you were going to give one last lecture, what would it be?) that in Pausch’s case was all too relevant, as he had recently been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. In the 100-minute talk, Pausch refuses pity, does push-ups, and preaches tenacity, saying, “If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself.”

Pausch died today from complications due to cancer. From the USA Today obituary:

“I knew what I was doing that day,” he wrote in the introduction of his best-selling book, also titled The Last Lecture. “Under the ruse of giving an academic lecture, I was trying to put myself in a bottle that would one day wash up on the beach for my children.”

Here’s the full lecture.

5 Responses to “Last Lecture Lecturer Randy Pausch Dies at 47”

  1. His message was truly inspiring.

    Whenever life throws a tough one your way, just play back his lecture or flip through the book. It’ll quickly put things in perspective.

    So long Randy, you’ve touched more people then you’ll ever get to know.

  2. This video was extraordinary. A clear message that transposes all races and creeds, all religions and economic standings.

    A lesson in courage and one that should be seen by all.

    I cant think of a better legacy to leave than what Randy left for the millions who saw this amazing video and the millions who will.