Larry Tesler, Inventor Of ‘Cut, Copy And Paste’ Command Dies At 74

A pioneering US computer scientist who behind “cut, copy and paste” command died at age 74. The death of Lawrence “Larry” Tesler was announced on Twitter on Wednesday by Xerox, where he spent a portion of his career.

“The inventor of cut/copy & paste, find & replace, and more was former Xerox researcher Larry Tesler,” the company said.”Your workday is easier thanks to his revolutionary ideas.”

Mr. Tesler was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1945, and studied at Stanford University in California. After Graduating, Tesler specialized in human-computer interaction, using his skills at Amazon, Apple, Yahoo, and the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).

He specialized in user interface design, making computer systems more user-friendly. Tesler Started Career with Xerox in 1971
later moving on to Apple where he spent 17 years and held various positions including Vice President of AppleNet, Vice President of the Advanced Technology Group, and Chief Scientist.

While working for Apple, Larry Tesler founded an education start-up Stagecast Creator, a programming environment aimed for educational uses that had been under development at Apple and worked for brief periods at Amazon and Yahoo.

Tesler created the idea of ‘cut, copy, & paste’ and combined computer science training with a counterculture vision that computers should be for everyone,” the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley tweeted Wednesday.

The command was made approved by Apple after being included in software on the Lisa computer in 1983.

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