Silicon Valley inventor of “cut, copy and paste” dies
Lawrence “Larry” Tesler, born in the Bronx, died this week at age 74, according to Xerox, where he spent part of his career.
“The inventor of cutting / copying and pasting, searching and replacing, and more was the former Xerox researcher, Larry Tesler,” the company tweeted.
“Your workday is easier thanks to his revolutionary ideas. Larry passed away on Monday, so join us to celebrate.” Graduated from Stanford University, Tesler specialized in human-computer interaction, using his skills at Amazon, Apple, Yahoo and the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).
According to reports, the cut and paste command was inspired by the old edition that involved cutting off parts of the printed text and sticking them in another place with adhesive.
“Tesler created the idea of ’cut, copy and paste’ and combined computer training with a counter-cultural vision that computers should be for everyone,” the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley tweeted on Wednesday.
The command became popular by Apple after being incorporated into the software on the Lisa computer in 1983 and the original Macintosh that was released the following year. Tesler worked for Apple in 1980 after being recruited away from Xerox by the late co-founder Steve Jobs.
Tesler spent 17 years at Apple, ascending to chief scientist.
He then established an educational startup and worked on user experience technology at Amazon and Yahoo.