Inventor of ‘cut’, ‘copy’ and ‘paste’ command Larry Tesler dies at 74

Inventor of 'cut', 'copy' and 'paste' command Larry Tesler dies at 74
Probably, the most famous innovation of Mr. Tesler was to invent cut, copy and paste command. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: The icon of early computing and the inventor of “cut”, “copy” and “paste” Larry Tesler dies at the age of 74.

The former Xerox worker started working in Silicon Valley in the early 1960s when computers were hard to get to the vast majority of people.

Many of his inventions made the personal computer became simple to learn and use.

Xerox, where Mr. Tesler spent part of his career, paid tribute to him.

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

Tesler was born in the Bronx, New York in 1945 and was studied at Stanford University.

After graduating, he contributed a lot to computer’s user interface design, which made the computer system more user-friendly.

During his long career, Larry Tesler worked for a number of major tech firms during his long career.

He started his career with Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (Parc), before Steve Jobs took him for Apple. He spent 17 years in Apple and rose to the chief scientist.

After leaving Apple, he founded an education start-up and worked shortly for Yahoo and Amazon.

In a 2012 interview with the BBC, he said of Silicon Valley: “There’s almost a rite of passage – after you’ve made some money, you don’t just retire, you spend your time funding other companies. There’s a very strong element of excitement, of being able to share what you’ve learned with the next generation.”

Probably, the most famous innovation of Mr. Tesler was to invent cut, copy and paste command, which was before that based on the old method of editing in which people would physically cut portions of printed text and glue them elsewhere.

In 1983, this innovation was incorporated in Apple’s software on the Lisa computer and the original Macintosh that was released the following year.