Randy Pausch is a Professor of Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, and Design at Carnegie Mellon, where he was the co-founder of Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC). He has done Sabbaticals at Walt Disney Imagineering and Electronic Arts (EA), and consulted with Google on user interface design.
Late in the summer of 2006, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, one of the worst to get. He went to surgery, radiation and chemo. It was better. In August of 2007, he learned that the cancer had returned, having metastasized to his liver and spleen, which is a death sentence. At that time, the doctors gave him an estimate of having 3-6 months of healthy living left.
What do I talk about Randy today? Because I just watched his last lecture at Carnegie he made this week, and I was impressed. First, I was impressed by the presentation, fun and interesting. Then, I learned about his cancer. I went to his website, read about it, about his wife, about kids and I thought …waouw… great guy and even greater presentation.
Just wanted to share it with you.