Published: Tue, February 25, 2020
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Inventor of copy and paste Larry Tesler dies in US

Inventor of copy and paste Larry Tesler dies in US

While there are undoubtedly countless other contributions Tesler made to modern computing as part of his work on teams at Xerox and Apple that may never come to light, his known contributions are enormous.

The cut-copy-paste computer command is used by many people every single day, but sadly its inventor has passed away at the age of 74.

He was a graduate of Stanford University who specialized in human-computer interaction.

After leaving Apple in 1997, Tesler went on to co-found educational company Stagecast Software, and worked at Amazon, Yahoo, and other technology companies before becoming a consultant in 2009.

PARC has been widely recognised for its initial research on graphical user interface and its usage through the means of a computer mouse.

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Larry Tesler created the cut-copy-paste feature when he was at Xerox PARC in 1973. While he's most famous for the invention of the copy-cut-paste function, that wasn't his only achievement!

Perhaps Tesler's most well-known contribution to the field of computing is the very concept of cut, copy, and paste-something that was first introduced on the 1984 Macintosh that we now take entirely for granted today.

"Your workday is easier thanks to his revolutionary ideas", Xerox tweeted Thursday to honor Tesler. He stayed at Apple for the next 17 years, eventually becoming chief scientist.

Tesler developed the commands along with Tim Mort while working at Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in the 80s. During this time, he began the development of Apple Lisa, which is a desktop computer released in 1983 prior to the Macintosh. Rest in peace to the great Larry Tesler.

I'm sure most of us have never heard of him before today despite using his invention nearly on a daily basis.

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