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The inventor of “copy and paste” is dead, the inventor of “copy and paste” is dead

The American Lawrence “Larry” Tesler invented this computer control inspired by a printing method.

Ctrl + C, ctrl + V. It is the preferred computer command of plagiarists, lazy people, students in general and anyone who does not want to waste time on his keyboard: copy and paste has lost his dad. The American Lawrence “Larry” Tesler, also inventor of the “find and replace”, died at the age of 74, announced the Xerox company in a message posted Wednesday February 19 on Twitter.

Born in New York in 1945, he had spent part of his career with the American printer manufacturer. “Your working day is easier thanks to his revolutionary ideas. Larry passed away on Monday, please join us to honor his memory”, wrote the company account.

A graduate of Stanford University in Silicon Valley in California, Lawrence Tesler specialized in the interactions between humans and machines. He had notably worked for Amazon, Apple, Yahoo and the Xerox research center in Palo Alto.

The ability to “cut” and “paste” a piece of text without going through many complicated steps would have been inspired by a technique prior to the digital age, which consisted of cutting portions of printed sentences and fixing them elsewhere with adhesive tape. The order came into being thanks to Apple, which had installed it on the Lisa computer in 1983 and on the Macintosh the following year.

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs poached Larry Tesler from Xerox in 1980. The engineer spent 17 years there, gaining the position of chief scientist.

He then created an education start-up and carried out user experience work assignments at Amazon and Yahoo.

Larry Tesler “combined his training in computer science with a counterculture that computers should be for everyone”, responded the Museum of Computer History of Silicon Valley (Computer History Museum).

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