THE name Larry Tesler may not ring a bell to many, but his creation has become one of the most-used user interfaces in the computer industry. The American computer scientist and former employee of Xerox PARC, Apple, Amazon and Yahoo! died on Monday at the age 74.
In 1973, when Tesler was in Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), he developed the cut, copy and paste user interface, a concept that became a vital part for both text editors and the entire computer systems.
According to Appleinsider.com, Tesler was then recruited by Steve Jobs and worked for Apple from 1980 to 1997, and rose to become vice president and chief scientist at the Cupertino-based company. During this time, he began the development of Apple Lisa, which is a desktop computer released in 1983 prior to the Macintosh.
He also worked on other products like QuickTime and the Newton tablet. The Macintosh and Lisa were the first personal computers to popularise the cut and copy-and-paste interface with the involvement Tesler.