The news was announced by the American’s former employer Xerox on there twitter page.

“The inventor of cut/copy & paste, find & replace, and more was former Xerox researcher Larry Tesler,” the company said.

“Your workday is easier thanks to his revolutionary ideas. Larry passed away Monday, so please join us in celebrating him.”

Tesler studied computer science at Stanford in the 1960s before starting a career which saw him work for some of the biggest technology companies.

He started working for Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in 1973 which is where, alongside his colleague Tim Mott, he developed the copy and paste functionality which is still widely used in computing today.

He based the commands on the old method of editing where people would physically cut portions of printed text and glue them elsewhere.

Tweet announcing his death below: