SAN FRANCISCO: The computer scientist who invented the widely used 'cut/copy & paste, find & replace' command in our computers died this week. Bronx-born Lawrence "Larry" Tesler passed away at the age of 74 on Monday.
Larry was a graduate of Stanford University and specialized in human-computer interaction, employing his skills at Amazon, Apple, Yahoo, and the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).
The cut and paste command was reportedly inspired by old-time editing that involved actually cutting portions of printed text and affixing them elsewhere with adhesive.
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 next year.
Tesler worked for Apple in 1980 after being recruited away from Xerox by late co-founder Steve Jobs. He had spent 17 years at Apple, rising to chief scientist.
He went on to establish an education startup and do stints in user-experience technology at Amazon and Yahoo.