Pioneer who invented 'cut, copy and paste' for computers dies at 74

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LISTEN FEB 20 2020

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

Larry Tesler was an innovative inventor who created a function that helped so many people on a daily basis across multiple devices. These concepts were instrumental in the development of text editors and early computer operating systems. The cause of his death wasn't immediately available. 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.

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Born in New York City in 1945, Tesler eventually studied computer science at Stanford University before working in the school's artificial intelligence research lab in the late 1960s.

Tesler joined Xerox at the company's Palo Alto Research Center in 1973, and it was there that he invented the now-ubiquitous cut, copy and paste commands, The Verge reported. "Larry passed away Monday, so please join us in celebrating him", the company said.

The cut and paste command was reportedly inspired by old time editing that involved actually cutting portions of printed text and affixing them elsewhere with adhesive. At Apple, he worked on a variety of products including the Lisa computer, the Newton personal digital assistant and the Macintosh.

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After leaving Apple in 1997, Tesler went on to co-found educational company Stagecast Software, and worked at Amazon, Yahoo, and other technology companies before becoming a consultant in 2009.

Tesler spent 17 years at Apple, rising to chief scientist.

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.

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