Larry Tesler, a computer scientist popularly known for inventing ‘cut, copy & paste’ died on Monday at the age of 74.
According to Gizmodo, Tesler was born on 1945 in Bronx, New York and studied computer science at Stanford University of California. There, he did some programming jobs on the side, and after graduation, worked as a consultant offering his programming services in the area. As he was one of only a few computer programmers listed in the Palo Alto phone directory he received a good deal of work.
At a time when computer was inaccessible to many, Tesler started working in Silicon Valley in the 1960s.
It was thanks to his innovations – which included the “cut”, “copy” and “paste” commands – that the personal computer became simple to learn and use.
The cut and paste command were reportedly inspired by old-fashioned editing that involved actually cutting portions of printed text and affixing them elsewhere with adhesive.
“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 on Wednesday. The command was made popular by Apple after being incorporated in software on the Lisa computer in 1983 and the original Macintosh that debuted the next year.
Xerox, where Mr Tesler spent part of his career, also paid tribute to him.
“The inventor of cut/copy & paste, find & replace, and more, was former Xerox researcher Larry Tesler,” the company tweeted. “Your workday is easier thanks to his revolutionary ideas.”
After graduating, he specialised in user interface design – that is, making computer systems more user-friendly. He worked for a number of major tech firms during his long career. He started at Xerox Palo Alto