Guy Who Invented Computer Task You Use a Lot Is Dead

Guy Who Invented Computer Task You Use a Lot Is Dead

Xerox, where Mr Tesler spent part of his career, paid tribute to him. Larry Tesler, who passed away on Monday, might not be a household name like Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, but his contributions to making computers and mobile devices easier to use are the highlight of a long career influencing modern computing.

Inventing what some describe as the greatest computer utility command- cut, copy and paste command, Mr Tesler gained spotlight in 1984 when the command was made popular by Apple after being incorporated in software on the Lisa computer in 1983 and the original Macintosh that debuted the following year.

Tesler also is credited with creating the "find and replace" and "cut" functions. "Your workday is easier thanks to his revolutionary ideas", Xerox said in a tweet Wednesday. After graduation, he worked in the university's genetics and computer science departments before becoming a research assistant at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

In 1973, he joined Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, a division of the copier company that worked on creating computer products. Unfortunately, Larry passed away on Monday (Feb 17th) at the age of 74.

Tesler was born in NY in 1945 and he studied computer science at Stanford.

The idea for the cut and paste command reportedly came from old-style editing that literally entailed cutting portions of printed text and gluing it elsewhere.

Throughout his long career, he worked for Xerox, Apple, Amazon and Yahoo, and is responsible for creating numerous commands that make modern computers so user-friendly.

After leaving Xerox, he joined Apple and rose through the ranks to become the Vice President of Apple Newton Group and also the chief scientist within the advanced technology group. Since 2009, he had been a UX consultant based in California.

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