Saturday, 26 July 2008

R.I.P Randy Pausch

Randy Pausch, a well-known computer scientist from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pennsylvania, sadly passed away on July 25th 2008 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Regarded as a prominent scientist in the field of computer science, he was thrust into the public spotlight after delivering an inspirational presentation titled ‘The Last Lecture: Really achieving your childhood dreams’, which was delivered to a full house at CMU in September 2007. In his speech he described his childhood ambitions (one which included ‘being Captain Kirk’), the ways in which he achieved them and advised the audience on how to reach their dreams. This humourous yet profound speech, which touched many people around the world, conveyed his positive outlook on life and strong, brave spirit despite his circumstances. His ‘Last Lecture’ speech was released as a book in early 2008.

Below are a couple of quotes delivered in his "Last Lecture" speech:

"The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. The brick walls are there to stop the people who don't want it badly enough. They are there to stop the other people!"

“Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted."

- Randy Pausch

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