Randolph Pausch和他的“最后一课”非常著名。他是卡内基·梅隆大学的著名教授，深受师生爱戴。但Randolph被诊断出患有胰腺炎，在生命垂危（他会反对这个说法吧）之时他欣然决定为自己热爱的学生们上“最后一课”（The Last Lecture）。
大约是07年末至08年初时“跟风”看了部分视频，看不下去，因为太感动。而我相信Randolph并不愿人们为他哭泣，惟愿因他而振奋。如他演讲的题目一样单纯：Achieving Your Childhood Dreams。
Randolph Frederick Pausch (October 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) was an American professor of computer science and human-computer interaction and design at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pausch received his bachelor's degree in computer science from Brown University in 1982 and his PhD in computer science from Carnegie Mellon in August 1988. Pausch later became an associate professor at the University of Virginia, before working at Carnegie Mellon as an associate professor.
He gave his "The Last Lecture" speech on September 18, 2007 at Carnegie Mellon. Pausch conceived the lecture after he learned that his previously known pancreatic cancer was terminal. The talk was modeled after an ongoing series of lectures where top academics are asked to think deeply about what matters to them, and then give a hypothetical "final talk", with a topic such as "what wisdom would you try to impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance?" The talk was later released as a book called The Last Lecture, which became a New York Times best-seller.