Larry Tesler: An icon of early computing has died

Larry Tesler: An icon of early computing has died

Larry Tesler, a computer scientist behind the Cut, Copy and Paste has died at the age of 74.

It was as a result of his innovations – which included the Cut, Copy and Paste commands – that made the Personal Computer (PC) became simple to learn and use.

He started working in Silicon Valley in the early 1960s, at a time when computers were not accessible to many.

Brief history about Larry Tesler

Born in 1945 in New York, Tesler went on to study computer science at Stanford University, and after graduation he dabbled in artificial intelligence research (long before it became a deeply concerning tool) and became involved in the anti-war and anti-corporate monopoly movements, with companies like IBM as one of his deserving targets. In 1973 Tesler took a job at the Xerox

Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) where he worked until 1980. Xerox PARC is famously known for developing the mouse-driven graphical user interface we now all take for granted, and during his time at the lab Tesler worked with Tim Mott to create a word processor called Gypsy that is best known for coining the terms “cut,” “copy,” and “paste” when it comes to commands for removing, duplicating, or repositioning chunks of text.


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