Randy Pausch, whose Last Lecture was an enormous hit on Youtube, died yesterday. He was a computer science professor, who after being told at the age of 48 that his pancreatic cancer was terminal, gave a lecture entitled “Really Achieving your childhood dreams”. His university (Carnegie Mellon) had a series entitled Last Lecture – for professors to provide their accumulated wisdom. Probably never dreaming that for someone it would be their last lecture.
It’s a great lecture, giving Pausch’s life lessons from someone who has had reason to think hard about life and its meaning. He left a wife and three young children, and says in the lecture that it was really his gift to them so they will know who he was.