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Copy & Paste Inventor Dies at 74

Larry Tesler

Computer scientist Larry Tesler, well known as the inventor for the popular computer keyboard shortcut command cut, copy & paste has passed away at age 74 (Died on 17th February 2020). Tesler was born in New York in 1945. He studied computer science at Stanford and after graduation, he worked in the university’s genetics and computer science departments and after became a research assistant at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. In 1973, Tesler joined Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and this is where he developed the computer command cut, copy and paste.

Tesler joined Apple in 1980 and worked there for 17 long years where he eventually became the Chief Scientist. During his time at Apple, he worked on different products including the Macintosh, QuickTime, Lisa, and even the Newton Tablet. After Apple, he had several tenures at some other big companies such as Amazon, Yahoo, 23andMe and others.

Thanks to Tesler’s genius contribution cut, copy & paste have become fundamental in how we use computers and even smartphones. May his soul rest in peace.

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