Lawrence Tesler '61
Lawrence Tesler is a computer scientist specializing and working in the field of human-computer interaction. Tesler has previously worked at Xerox PARC, Apple Computer, Amazon.com and Yahoo. With Xerox PARC, Tesler helped develop the first “copy and paste” function on the Gypsy Word Processor. His belief in “no modes”, that is that a user’s action should have a consistent effect, rather than changing its meaning depending on previous actions. At Apple Computer, Inc., Tesler serves as chief scientist, vice president of engineering and vice president of the advanced technology group. He played an integral role in establishing Apple as a leader in user interface, object-oriented programming and multimedia technologies. Tesler has also been the VP of Shopping Experience at Amazon. He graduated from Stanford University.