Here is an excerpt from a WSJ article “A Beloved Professor Delivers The Lecture of a Lifetime“, [K: emphasis mine. original link via Gary M C Shiu]
They [400 students and colleagues] had come to see him [Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University computer-science professor] give what was billed as his “last lecture.” [K: You don’t need to know about computer to appreciate the talk as you will see.] This is a common title for talks on college campuses today. Schools such as Stanford and the University of Alabama have mounted “Last Lecture Series,” in which top professors are asked to think deeply about what matters to them and to give hypothetical final talks. For the audience, the question to be mulled is this: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? […]
At Carnegie Mellon, however, Dr. Pausch’s speech was more than just an academic exercise. The 46-year-old father of three has pancreatic cancer and expects to live for just a few months. His lecture, using images on a giant screen, turned out to be a rollicking and riveting journey through the lessons of his life.
He began by showing his CT scans, revealing 10 tumors on his liver. But after that, he talked about living.
Here is a link to Prof. Pausch’s Last Lecture speech. What a fun and insightful speech by a great guy that will surely be missed by many many people. See Prof. Pausch’s web page for photos (don’t miss the sewing projects) and more personal and professional info.
Oct 23, 2007 Update:
Here are some other lectures Prof. Pausch has delivered and has posted online.
Here is a note from Prof. Pausch’s site about transcript of the video presentation, “You can get a transcript here. You may use this for non-commercial purposes without asking for permission.* A chinese translation done by Lichao Chen (firstname.lastname@example.org) is here (thanks, Lichao!)”
25 July, 2008 Update: Randy passed away earlier today and I wrote this blog entry in this sad moment of time.
27 April, 2016 Update: //Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) was remembered Sept. 22, 2008, at a memorial service held at Carnegie Mellon University. For more, visit www.cmu.edu/randyslecture //