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Dr. Randy Pausch

The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams


Dr. Randy Pausch was a professor of Computer Science and Design at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Randy learned that he had pancreatic cancer in September 2006, and in August 2007 he was given a terminal diagnosis: "3 to 6 months of good health left."


He gave an upbeat lecture titled The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams on September 18, 2007, at Carnegie Mellon, which became a popular YouTube video and led to other media appearances. He then co-authored a book called The Last Lecture on the same theme, which became a  New York Times best-seller. Randy died of complications from pancreatic cancer on July 25, 2008.