Computer scientist behind cut, copy and paste dies

Larry Tesler, the computer scientist widely credited as the inventor of the cut, copy and paste functions, has died aged 74.

“The inventor of cut/copy & paste, find & replace, and more, was former Xerox researcher Larry Tesler,” Xerox tweeted. “Your workday is easier thanks to his revolutionary ideas.”

He worked for a number of major technology firms during his career, starting at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (Parc), then Apple, where he spent 17 years and became chief scientist.  After leaving Apple worked for brief periods at Amazon and Yahoo and used his wealth to help fund startups.