Lawrence Tesler, the pioneering computer scientist who invented the ‘cut, copy, and paste’ command died on Monday at the age of 74.
Our workdays are easier because of his invention and to pay tribute to a pioneer Silicon Valley mourned.
Lawrence Tesler graduates from Stanford University and specialized in human-computer interaction. Tesler employed his skills at Apple, Yahoo, Amazon and the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).
The cut and paste command was inspired by old-time editing that involved cutting portions of printed text and affixing them elsewhere with adhesive.
He created the idea of ‘cut, copy, and paste’ and applied computer science training to make computers usable for everyone.
The command was added in the Lisa computer in 1983 and in the original Macintosh which was launched in 1984. Tesler worked for Apple in 1980 after working for Xerox. He spent 17 years at Apple, becoming the Chief scientist.
Tesler also established an education startup.