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Larry Tesler, Copy/Paste Commands Inventor Dies at 74

Computer scientist Larry Tesler, the one who invented the cut, copy, and paste commands on computer has died at the age of 74 on Monday (February 17).

Larry Tesler created the concept of cut, copy, and paste commands that most people are using today. The inventor contributed a lot to the field of human-computer interaction, which is very useful in our generation.

The scientist studied computer science at Stanford and worked in AI research. He also joined the Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in 1973 wherein he developed the cut, copy, and paste commands.

Larry Tesler

Tesler did not create the idea of moving a digital text from one spot to another but developed the method and naming convention. He joined Apple in 1980 and contributed to Apple Lisa and the graphical user interface.

The user interface advancements resulted in the popularization of copy and paste commands. The 74-year-old developer was also a champion of “modeless” computing and also co-founded a company called Stage cast Software that develops the application.

He also worked for Amazon, Yahoo, and other technology companies and eventually become a consultant in 2009.

Larry Tesler

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