Computer scientist who pioneered 'copy' and 'paste' has died

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

Computer scientist Larry Tesler, who was an instrumental figure at Apple in the '80s and '90s, died on Monday at the age of 74, according to Apple Insider.

The inventor of cut/copy & paste, find & replace, and more was former Xerox researcher Larry Tesler.

In addition to creating cut, copy and paste, Tesler was also a big proponent of a concept called "modeless" computing.

Tesler graduated from Stanford University with a degree in mathematics in 1965. After working in AI research, he joined Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in 1973, where he developed cut, copy, and paste ( scientifically known as gypsy ) which is used to remove, duplicate and reposition texts. "Your workday is easier thanks to his revolutionary ideas", Xerox said in a tweet Wednesday. The cause of his death is yet to be known.

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Tesler was born in 1945 in the Bronx, New York City.

The idea for the cut and paste command reportedly came from old-style editing that literally entailed cutting portions of printed text and gluing it elsewhere.

In 1979, Tesler was assigned to show Apple co-founder Steve Jobs around Xerox PARC, including the tour in which Jobs and a few other Apple employees got to see Xerox's Alto computer in action. In 1986, he became VP of advanced technology at Apple, and in 1993, he was promoted to VP and chief scientist.

After leaving Apple in 1997, he worked in user experience at various high tech companies, including Amazon, Yahoo! and 23AndMe.

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. Since 2009, he had been a UX consultant based in California.

  • Delia Davidson