Randy Pausch is an American computer science professor, who was born in Baltimore, Maryland and raised in Columbia (Maryland). He completed high school from Oakland Mills High School. Later, he graduated from Brown University with a bachelor's degree in computer science. Pausch also completed his Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University. He started his career in computer science working as an assistant professor at the University of Virginia.
Randy Pausch worked for a short time at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center and Adobe Systems and then became an associate Professor of Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Science and Design at Carnegie Mellon University in 1997. He was the founder of the Alice software project and has received National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award. He was a married man and had three children, two sons, and a daughter. In 2006, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and after that, he went through an unsuccessful Whipple procedure, Pausch died on 25 July 2008, at the age of 47.