Larry Tesler, the computer scientist best known for inventing the “cut, copy and paste” commands, died Monday.
Xerox, where Tesler previously worked as a researcher, announced his passing on Twitter on Wednesday.
“Your workday is easier thanks to his revolutionary ideas,” wrote the company. “Larry passed away Monday, so please join us in celebrating him.”
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. Photo credit: Yahoo CC-By-2.0 https://t.co/MXijSIMgoA pic.twitter.com/kXfLFuOlon
— Xerox (@Xerox) February 19, 2020
Along with inventing the keyboard shortcuts that allow computer users to remove, duplicate and reposition chunks of text, Tesler also created “find and replace,” among others things.
Gizmodo reports that Tesler worked at Xerox from 1973 to 1980. After leaving Xerox, he worked at Apple until 1997.
During his career, Tesler became one of the pioneers of tech who made computers and mobile devices accessible and easy to use for everyone.