This is one of my few non-tech blog posts. Yesterday (July 25) the world lost one of it’s great men. Randy Pausch, a professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, passed away from Pancreatic Cancer. He was 47, and left behind a wife, three children, and a world who may become just a little better by taking note of his life.
While I didn’t know Professor Pausch, I did become familiar with him when Steve Hartman did a report on him for CBS Evening News. Professor Pausch gave a lecture (as a requirement for all Carnegie Mellon Faculty) called the “Last Lecture”. Except for him, this was a “Last Lecture.” He also gave a lecture for the University of Virginia (which was one of his former employers) on “Time Management” which took on a special meaning.
Honestly, I had forgotten about Professor Pausch shortly after seeing the segment on CBS Evening News. However this afternoon, I saw the article on their website about his passing. I’ve since watched three of his videos on YouTube (“Last Lecture”, “Time Management”, and his address to the Graduating Class of 2008). I think everyone who reads my blog (or at least this post) should check out these videos. You’ll walk away with a new outlook on life. I know I have.
Some of the things that Professor Pausch has given us: Virtual Reality (he was a pioneer in various applications of it), the Entertainment Technology Center, certain projects at Disney which involve VR, and “alice” which is a new generation of Computer Programming.
Rest In Peace. You will surely be missed, and your legacy will live on and continue to touch people’s lives.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone 🙂