Silicon Valley inventor of 'cut, copy and paste' dies


Lawrence Gordon Tesler popularly known as Larry Tesler died on Monday at the age of 74.

The pioneering computer scientist whose accomplishments included inventing the cut, copy and paste commands for computers has died.

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

The command later became the most commonly used user-interface for both text editors and entire computer operating systems.

A cause of death was not reported. After graduation, he worked in the university's genetics and computer science departments before becoming a research assistant at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

Tesler, who was a key figure at Apple during its initial years, had come up with the concept of "cut-copy-paste" in 1970's while working at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center.

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Xerox, the company where he spent part of his career, tweeted: 'Your workday is easier thanks to his revolutionary ideas. "Larry passed away Monday, so please join us in celebrating him".

Tesler was born in NY and attended Stanford University, where he received a degree in mathematics in 1965.

After his stint at Xerox, he was poached by Steve Jobs to work for Apple - spending 17 years at company where he rose to chief scientist.

In the following two decades at Apple, he would be deeply involved in the user interface design of the Lisa, Macintosh and Newton, a precursor to the iPhone, reports CNET.

Throughout his long career, he worked for Xerox, Apple, Amazon and Yahoo, and is responsible for creating numerous commands that make modern computers so user-friendly. According to his CV, Tesler left 23andMe in 2009 and from then on mostly focused on consulting work.