Larry Tesler, inventor of copy and paste functions, dies at 74

American Jewish computer scientist who invented copy-paste functions dies in California home.

Ben Harris, JTA ,

Larry Tesler at the PC Forum in Palm Springs, Calif., March 1989.
Larry Tesler at the PC Forum in Palm Springs, Calif., March 1989.
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Larry Tesler, the American Jewish computer scientist whose many personal computing innovations included the now ubiquitous copy and paste functions, has died.

Tesler died Sunday at 74 at his home in California.

Tesler created the function with Timothy Mott when he worked for Xerox in the 1970s, enabling users to highlight a piece of text, cut or copy it, and then paste it elsewhere.

When Tesler later went to work for Apple, he brought that innovation with him, which was later incorporated into the Macintosh operating system. Today it is a standard function on all personal computers.

Tesler was born in New York City in 1945.




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