The man who invented cut, copy and paste Larry Tesler dies aged 74

A legend of computer science, Larry Tesler, who made lives easier with the creation of cut, copy and paste has died aged 74.

The US tech pioneer had a long and incredible career, including trailblazing work for both Apple and Xerox.

Xerox announced the news of Mr Tesler’s death.

The company said: "The inventor of cut/copy & paste, find & replace, and more was former Xerox researcher Larry Tesler.

”Your workday is easier thanks to his revolutionary ideas.

“Larry passed away Monday, so please join us in celebrating him."

Tesler studied computer science at Stanford in the 1960s and joined Xerox in 1973.

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While working there, Mr Tesler created the cut, copy and paste commands used in homes and offices across the country.

This came from the old method of editing in which people would literally cut sections of text and glue them on a different page.

After Steve Jobs founded Apple, he visited the Xerox Palo Alto Research Centre where Mr Tesler was tasked with showing him around the centre.

Mr Tesler showed Mr Jobs a computer system he had worked on, which included the famous cut, copy and paste commands.

“Steve was very excited and was pacing around the room, and occasionally looking at the screen," Tesler said in 2011.

Mr Tesler then left Xerox to join Apple and made sure the commands appeared on the first Apple computer, called Lisa.

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He was a key member of Apple’s meteoric rise to the top of the computer industry, contributing to the Macintosh and QuickTime as well as many other things we see today.

Tesler then left Apple in 1997 to join Amazon, where he served as the vice president of the shopping experience and later joined Yahoo to be head of user experience design.

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