Inventor Of “Cut, Copy & Paste” Dies

Sanjeev Thakur
Feb 20, 2020   •  1 view

Larry Tesler, a computer scientist who is most well-known for creating the seminal computer concepts cut, copy and paste, died on Monday at age 74.

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Mr Tesler was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1945, and studied at Stanford University in California.

Mr Tesler started working in Silicon Valley in the early 1960s, at a time when computers were inaccessible to the vast majority of people.

It was thanks to his innovations – which included the “cut”, “copy” and “paste” commands – that the personal computer became simple to learn and use.

Tesler was also a champion of a concept called “modeless” computing, which is the idea that a program shouldn’t have different “modes” where a user’s input does different things based on whichever mode you’re in.