Larry Tesler - man who invented Copy + Paste - dead at 74
The name Larry Tesler may not mean a whole to you, but try and remember him next time you hit any of the, copy, cut or paste short cut commands, and you’ll thank him for making you day that little bit less complicated.
A native New Yorker and a Stanford aluminide Tesler began his career back in the 1960’s in California’s Silicon Valley when it was still in the early stages of becoming the beating heart to tech. His speciality was ‘user interface design’ – which boils down to making computers more user-friendly for the average man and woman.
What now is a simple task thanks to Tesler the idea behind "cut", "copy" and "paste" commands is believed to have been inspired by innovating the age old manual method of editing where people would physically cut printed text and glue them elsewhere.
All in an effort to make personal computers simpler, for the simple folk.
Tesler worked at Xerox and later the legendary Apple Macintosh founder Steve Jobs recruited him.
Tesler would spend 17 years at the iconic computer maker and rise all the way up to chief scientist. Today the former (Xerox) paid tribute to its formal employee by saying; "Your workday is easier thanks to his revolutionary ideas."
Tessler didn’t stop at Apple, he worked at Amazon and Yahoo and also set up his own education start-up as part of a career filled with silent but massive accomplishments.
Apple was the pioneer in incorporating the function to its software on the Lisa computer back in 1983, and came as standard with the original Macintosh released in 1984. Today millions of computer users have their jobs that much easier thanks to Larry Tesler, who has passed at the age of 74.