Randy Pausch, "Last Lecture" Professor, Dies At 47

08/03/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011
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The New York Times reports on the death of Professor Randy Pausch:

Randy Pausch, the professor whose "last lecture" made him a Lou-Gehrig-like symbol of the beauty and briefness of life, died Friday at his home in Chesapeake, Va. He was 47, and had lived five months longer than the six months a doctor gave him as an upside limit last August.

The cause was metastasized pancreatic cancer, Carnegie Mellon University announced.

Professors are sometimes asked to give lectures on what wisdom they would impart if they knew it was their last chance. Soon after Dr. Pausch (pronounced powsh), a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, accepted that challenge, he learned he had months to live.

Watch his famous "last lecture" below: