Larry Tesler, the former Apple and Xerox designer who allowed us to 'copy and paste', dies aged 74

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Larry Tesler, the former Apple and Xerox designer who allowed us to 'copy and paste', dies aged 74

Larry Tesler, the Silicon Valley pioneer who created many now-ubiquitous computer concepts such as "cut", "copy" and "paste", has died aged 74.

He made using computers easier for generations as a proponent and pioneer of what he called "modeless editing".
 
He pioneered concepts that helped make computers more user-friendly. That included such concepts as moving text through cut and paste and inserting text by clicking on a section and just typing.
 
"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," Xerox said in a tweet Wednesday.
 
Mr Tesler was born in New York and attended Stanford University, where he received a degree in mathematics in 1965.
 
In 1973, he joined Xerox Palo Alto Research Centre, a division of the copier company that worked on creating computer products.
 
 
He continued that work when he joined Apple in 1980.
 
At Apple, he worked on a variety of products including the Lisa computer, the Newton personal digital assistant and the Macintosh.
 
After leaving Apple in 1997, he co-founded an education software company and held executive positions at Amazon, Yahoo and the genetics-testing service 23andMe before turning to independent consulting.
 
In 2012, Mr Tesler told the BBC that he enjoyed working with younger people.
 
"There's a very strong element of excitement, of being able to share what you've learned with the next generation," he said.

Source: ABC

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