You may not have heard the name Larry Tesler, but you’ll almost certainly have used one of the tools he created.
The renowned computer scientist has died at the age of 74 after inventing several functions that have now become standard across computing.
The most famous is the cut/copy & paste option that’s now a staple of every operating system we use.
Mr. Tesler worked in user interface design and also helped to create the find & replace function.
He started working in Silicon Valley in the 1960s and worked at Xerox before being hired by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
Once he finished working at Apple after 17 years he set up an education start-up and worked with Amazon and Yahoo.
Companies and individuals from across the tech industry have paid tribute to him, including Xerox.
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
RIP Lawrence ‘Larry’ Tesler. pic.twitter.com/OuBS3xq20i
— Jay (@JAY_MOODLEY) February 20, 2020