Saturday, July 26, 2008
Pausch, who died Friday at the age of 47, was a tenured professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Ten months ago, he was given three to six months to live, due to pancreatic cancer. A tradition at Carnegie Mellon is to offer retiring professors their “last lecture.” Pausch, a professor of computer science, human computer interaction and design, is a co-founder of Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center and the creator of the Alice interactive computing program, which is being used by students worldwide. The lecture was given September 18, 2007 and has been viewed more than 10 million times on the internet.