Man Who Invented Cut/Copy and Paste Dies at 74

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The name Larry Tesler may not be familiar to most people, but everyone knows his invention.

Thanks to his handy innovation, word processing on a computer is much easier than it could have been.

Tesler, the IT genius who created cut/copy and paste, died at the age of 74 on Monday, reports Unilad.

Tesler was born in the Bronx, New York in 1945 and went on to study computer science at Stanford University in California.

His prime professional focus was human-computer interaction. Throughout his career, he worked at Amazon, Apple, Yahoo, and the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).

On Wednesday, the official Xerox Twitter account remembered Tesler in a memorial post that featured a photo of him.

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

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