Copy And Paste Inventor, Larry Tesler, Dies At 74

Ruben Fields
February 20, 2020

The computer scientist who invented the concept of cut, copy and paste command died this week, United States media have reported.

The "cut, copy, paste" operation went on to become an indispensable for both text editors and entire computer operating systems.

In 1980, Tesler joined Apple.

"The inventor of cut/copy & paste, find & replace, and more, was former Xerox researcher Larry Tesler", the company tweeted on Wednesday evening.

Xerox, the company where he spent part of his career, tweeted: 'Your workday is easier thanks to his revolutionary ideas.

Bronx-born Lawrence "Larry" Tesler died this week at the age of 74.

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According to Gizmodo, he was born in 1945 in NY and studied computer science at Stanford.

Tesler graduated from Stanford University with a degree in mathematics in 1965.

He worked for a number of major tech firms during his long career. Over the years he held countless positions at the company including Vice President of AppleNet (Apple's in-house local area networking system that was eventually cancelled), and even served as Apple's Chief Scientist, a position that at one time was held by Steve Wozniak, before eventually leaving the company. He led the research on developing the Apple Newton which was the predecessor for the tablet computer. According to his CV, Tesler left 23andMe in 2009 and from then on mostly focused on consulting work.

Its popularity grew after Apple incorporated the commands in its software on the Lisa computer in 1983 and the original Macintosh that came out the following year.

The concept of the command, Tesler always said, was inspired by old-fashioned editing method, which involved actually cutting portions of printed text and affixing them elsewhere with adhesive.

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