Larry Tesler, the computer scientist, who invented cut, copy, paste passed away, this Monday, 17th February.
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
Born in 1945 in New York, Tesler graduated from the Stanford University in California and worked as a researcher at Xerox. He came up with the idea of cut, copy and paste while working at Xerox.
Later, he joined Apple and worked there for 17 years. His contributions on various projects, including Lisa, Newton, and Macintosh are worth knowing.
After leaving Apple, he set up an education start-up and also worked for other tech giants like Amazon and Yahoo.
You can see his CV on his website, which mentions the work done by him. In his CV, he modestly wrote,
I have been mistakenly identified as "the father of the graphical user interface for the Macintosh." I was not. However, a paternity test might expose me as one of its many grandparents.
People remembered his contributions in making the use of personal computers easy for us and paid their tributes to the genius on Twitter.
The tool you invented saves me time when I write essays or just doing social media. Mr. @nomodes Thank you! Rest In Peace.— Steven Song (@songsteven2) February 19, 2020
Larry was my Stanford classmate and my friend. His eclectic mind challenged all around him, while his wicked sense of humor tempered the challenges. His life intersected with so many who have joined him in contributing so much to the world we now know. My deepest condolences.— Tony Vittal (@LATonyV) February 20, 2020
Ever used copy & paste? You owe Larry Tesler a thank you.— Chris Garaffa (@cmg) February 20, 2020
I think we could all copy and paste a lesson from this man— Dylan N (@freesolo17) February 20, 2020
Dang — lowkey that’s like all the functions I use on a computer ... and mouse 🤷🏾♂️— Cythrax (@CythraxNnjaRbt) February 20, 2020
How many times do we cut/copy/paste every day, and not even think about it? RIP Larry Tesler. https://t.co/DsJ8yLZmCq— Sheri Ki Sun (@StudioKiSun) February 20, 2020