Larry Tesler (1945-2020)

February 19th, 2020 by Benj Edwards

Larry TeslerIn Memoriam: Lawrence G. “Larry” Tesler (1945-2020),
inventor of Copy/Paste at Xerox PARC, member of Apple Lisa team,
human-computer interaction expert

Tesler was a giant in the field of human-computer interaction, having pioneered modeless interfaces at Xerox PARC and carried those over to Apple as part of the Lisa team. While at PARC, he and Timothy Mott created a text editor called Gypsy that included the first implementation of the now-common Copy and Paste features for moving blocks of information easily within a document. According to Robert Scoble, Tesler was also on the committee at Apple that decided to re-hire Steve Jobs in the mid-1990s. He will be missed.

3 Responses to “Larry Tesler (1945-2020)”

  1. Geoff V Says:

    Thanks for including this memorial Benj.

  2. Benj Edwards Says:

    Thanks for being the last VC&G reader left, Geoff 🙂

  3. William Says:

    No! You have another reader!

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