Larry Tesler, the man behind one of our most used computer functions, 'cut, copy, paste' passed away on Monday aged 74.
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.
In the twenty years after when he worked at Apple, he helped develop the user interface design of the Lisa, Macintosh and Newton, a precursor to the iPhone. The word 'browser' as we know it today was also coined by Tesler in 1976 with his SmallTalk Browser, according to his website.
Tesler left Apple in 1997, and worked at worked with Amazon in 2011, switched in 2005 to Yahoo, and in 2008, 2008 he became a product fellow at 23andMe which he left in 2009 and focused mostly on consulting thereafter. Tesler in today's world, has worked with all the big giants of tech, product and electronic mediums.
The inventor of cut/copy & paste, find & replace, and more was former Xerox researcher Larry Tesler. Your workday is easier thanks to his revolutionary ideas. Larry passed away Monday, so please join us in celebrating him. Photo credit: Yahoo CC-By-2.0 https://t.co/MXijSIMgoA pic.twitter.com/kXfLFuOlon— Xerox (@Xerox) February 19, 2020
After news of his death, multiple people on social media thanked him for his great invention.
“Larry Tesler, who passed away on Monday, might not be a household name like Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, but his contributions to making computers and mobile devices easier to use are the highlight of a long career influencing modern computing.”https://t.co/uICmuXQOyA pic.twitter.com/PPDAvHul11— Melissa Ponder (@melponder) February 20, 2020
#RIP Larry TeslerTesler's Theorem (c. 1970)As commonly quoted: “Artificial Intelligence is whatever hasn't been done yet”. What I actually said was: “Intelligence is whatever machines haven't done yet” pic.twitter.com/Osm7irjGUo— Deny Fear (@dean_frey) February 20, 2020
We have a lot to be thankful for to this computer scientist, who just passed on at the age of 74. Larry Tesler invented cut, copy, and paste, saving us so time and effort. This post, and the act of writing of so many of my own stories, could not have been possible without him. pic.twitter.com/tLVW3A55bR— Ian Rosales Casocot (@sandwichspy) February 20, 2020
When you Cut, Copy, Paste something on your computer today, pause for a moment and say a silent prayer for #LarryTesler who invented what we take for granted. https://t.co/a8AkssVVO6— Ashok Lalla (@ashoklalla) February 20, 2020
One of his last videos on the Internet, also show him still speaking with enthusiasm about "Gypsy" on the Computer History Museum’s restored Xerox Alto computer.