He invented the most commonly used productivity shortcut.
Larry Tesler may not be a familiar name, but there’s a good chance that you’ve used something he has invested. This former Apple and Xerox employee made some of the most commonly used tools for productivity – including the cut, copy and paste tools. Tesler sadly passed away this week at 74, after Xerox published an obituary.
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
Tesler has worked with Tim Mott at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) way back in 1974 to create the Gypsy text editor. From there, they devised a way to easily copy and transfer text from any part of the document which is now known as cut, copy and paste.
Tesler also went on to work at some of the biggest tech firms in the world including Yahoo and Amazon.
Rest in Peace, Larry Tesler.