Larry Telser the man who invented ‘Cut copy and paste’ in the computer dies.

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21st Feb, 2020

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Larry Telser (Lawrence Telser) is the man who is behind the popular  (cut copy and paste) computer command that virtually everyone who uses a computer today widely relies on.

From posts on twitter, it is seen that Larry Telser has done lots of research in the computer department. He is the one who invented cut, copy, paste, find and replace.

A popular twitter handle Xerox, where Larry Telser has worked posted about his death with the following quote

"The inventor of cut/copy & paste, find & replace, and more was former Xerox researcher Larry Tesler," the company said."

"Your workday is easier thanks to his revolutionary ideas. Larry passed away Monday, so please join us in celebrating him."

Larry is a graduate of Standford University who worked for a lot of it companies including Apple, Amazon, Yahoo, Xerox etc

Tesler worked for Apple in 1980 after he left Xerox and was employed by late co-founder of Apple Steve Jobs. Larry then worked for 17 years at Apple where he rises up to the position of chief scientist.

How the idea came

It is certain that most of the things done by a computer is to automate what we can do manually. Also, most of the things done in real life are also needed to be done in a computer such as saving things in our memory and remembering it again when needed.

The idea of cut, copy and paste came is as well believed to have come from the old fashion ay of copying a text from one paper to another.

And in that of cutting and pasting is as well done during the olden days when one has to cut part of a paper and paste on another using a suitable adhesive.


Telser, therefore, is the one who created the idea to a computer and therefore he was the one behind the inventions and adding it as a command into the computers we are using today.

The command was then made popular after it was first incorporated into Apple computer in the 1983 and following that most computers including Windows, Linux, and others added that and the popularity gets across.

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