The Brain behind the invention of the copy and paste, Larry Tesler has sadly passed away at age 74. All thanks to him, PC users can copy text from a section of a document to another section without having to retype.
According to a tweet by Xerox, the company where he spent part of his career: ‘Your workday is easier thanks to his revolutionary ideas. Larry passed away Monday, so please join us in celebrating him.’
Experts believe that his most famous innovation, the cut and paste command, was reportedly based on the old method of editing in which people would physically cut portions of printed text and glue them elsewhere.
Mr Tesler was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1945, and studied at Stanford University in California.
After graduating, he specialised in user interface design – that is, making computer systems more user-friendly.
He worked for a number of major tech firms during his long career. He started at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (Parc) before Steve Jobs poached him for Apple, where he spent 17 years and rose to chief scientist.
He also worked briefly with amazon and yahoo after leaving apple. In an interview with the BBC of Silicon Valley in 2012, Mr Tesler once said, “There’s almost a rite of passage – after you’ve made some money, you don’t just retire, you spend your time funding other companies”.
Well, if you find yourself using the copy and paste function in your work today, be grateful to Larry Tesler and his brilliant mind.