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Lawrence Tesler; Tech world Mourns Death of ‘Cut, Copy, and Paste’ Inventor

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Silicon Valley on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, was thrown into mourning as the inventor of the widely used “cut, copy and paste” command, Lawrence Tesler passed away.

Tesler graduated from Stanford University is a specialist in computer-human relations and has employed this skill at giant tech companies including Apple, Yahoo, Amazon and the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).

According to Xerox where he spent the latter part of his computer science career, Lawrence Tesler passed on this week at the age of 74.

Xerox had tweeted, “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.”

The computer History Museum in Silicon Valley also tweeted, “Tesler created the idea of ‘cut, copy, & paste’ and combined computer science training with a counterculture vision that computers should be for everyone,”

According to reports, Tesler cut and paste command was inspired from the long traditional method of editing which involved the actual cutting off parts of a printed text and placing them somewhere else using adhesive.

The command became a household name after Apple got it incorporated in Lisa’s software computer in the early 80s.

Tesler spent 17 years at Apple and rose to the position of chief scientist.

He also established a start-up focused on education as well as executing some operations in user-experience technology at Yahoo and Amazon.

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