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Ten fun facts about Randy Pausch


1. Time's Top 100 & Pittsburgher of Year

In 2008, Randy Pausch was honored with two prestigious awards: he was named one of Time Magazine's World's Top 100 Most Influential People, and was also recognized as Pittsburgher of the Year. This recognition was a testament to Pausch's impact on the world, and his legacy of inspiring others to live life to the fullest.

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2. A Highly Educated Individual Who Inspired Millions

Randy Pausch was a highly educated individual, having obtained his bachelor's degree in computer science from Brown University and his Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University. His educational background in computer science enabled him to become a renowned professor, author, and public speaker, inspiring millions of people around the world with his lectures and books.

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3. A Professor Who Visited Walt Disney Imagineering

Randy Pausch was an associate professor at the University of Virginia, but he wasn't content to stay in the classroom. During his tenure, he would take regular breaks from teaching to visit Walt Disney Imagineering, the creative arm of the Walt Disney Company. There, he could explore the cutting-edge technology and innovative ideas that Disney was known for, and draw inspiration from the creative minds at work. It was a unique opportunity for Pausch to expand his horizons and gain insight into the world of entertainment and design.

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4. Legendary Professor Randy Pausch Dies at 57

Randy Pausch was a renowned professor and co-founder of Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center. He was also the creator of the highly acclaimed Building Virtual Worlds course, which has been taught at the university since its inception. This course has been credited with inspiring a generation of game designers, animators, and virtual reality developers. Pausch's legacy lives on through the work of the many students who have gone on to become successful in the entertainment technology industry.

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5. Author, VR Pioneer & Time Guru

Randy Pausch was an incredibly prolific author, having co-authored five books and written over seventy articles. His works covered a wide range of topics, from virtual reality to time management, and his books have been translated into multiple languages. His most famous work, The Last Lecture, was a New York Times bestseller and has been adapted into a feature film. Pausch's writing has been praised for its insight and wit, and his works continue to inspire readers around the world.

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6. ACM Fellow, Virtual Reality Pioneer

In 2007, Randy Pausch was inducted into the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) as a Fellow, a prestigious honor that recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of computing. Pausch was recognized for his work in the areas of virtual reality, human-computer interaction, and design of user interfaces. His research has been widely cited and has had a major impact on the development of computing technology. Pausch's induction into the ACM is a testament to his dedication to the field of computing and his commitment to advancing the technology.

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7. Fight for Pancreatic Cancer Research Funding.

Randy Pausch, a renowned professor and author, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2006. In response to his diagnosis, he became an advocate for increased funding for pancreatic cancer research. He was passionate about raising awareness of the disease and the need for more research to find a cure. He spoke at conferences and events, wrote articles, and even appeared on television to spread his message. His tireless efforts to raise awareness and funds for pancreatic cancer research have made a lasting impact on the fight against this deadly disease.

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8. Living Beyond Expectations

Randy Pausch was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August of 2007 and was only given a prognosis of 3 to 6 months to live. Despite this, he managed to live for an additional 11 months, passing away in July of 2008. During this time, he continued to inspire and motivate others with his lectures and books, leaving a lasting legacy of hope and positivity.

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9. Electronic Arts Announces Scholarship in Honor of Randy Pausch

In a touching tribute to the late Randy Pausch, Steve Seabolt of Electronic Arts announced the creation of a scholarship in his honor for women in computer science. This scholarship will provide financial assistance to female students pursuing a degree in computer science, helping to ensure that Pausch's legacy of inspiring and empowering women in the field will live on. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving student, and will serve as a reminder of Pausch's commitment to helping others achieve their dreams.

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10. Randy Pausch, Star Trek fan, makes cameo in Abrams film

Randy Pausch, a devoted fan of the Abrams film "Star Trek", made a special appearance in the movie with a single line. His enthusiasm for the franchise was so great that he was given the opportunity to be part of the film, and he was thrilled to be able to contribute to the Star Trek universe.

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