Scope and Content
Title: Papers of Albert Tyler,
Date (inclusive): 1930-1968
Extent: Linear feet: 5
California Institute of Technology. Archives.
Pasadena, California 91125
Collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to the California Institute of Technology Archives. All
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[Identification of item, Box and file number], Papers of Albert Tyler, Archives,
California Institute of Technology.
Albert Tyler (1906-1968), Caltech professor of biology, was born in Brooklyn, New York,
and received his bachelor's degree in 1927 from Columbia University. In 1928 he
accompanied Thomas Hunt Morgan from Columbia to Caltech, as Morgan came to California to
set up a new biology program. Tyler subsequently became Caltech's first PhD in biology
Tyler's lifelong devotion was to embryology, especially of marine organisms. During his
years at Caltech he expanded classical embryology by the application of new methods from
genetics and molecular biology. He was especially known for his studies of fertilization
and his work on the chemistry and physiology of the fertilization process, and for his
studies of embryogenesis in sea urchins. Tyler was the author of over 200 scientific
Scope and Content
The Albert Tyler Papers (1930-1968) were donated to the Archives by the Caltech Biology
Division in 1970. They represent only a small portion of his scientific legacy. In 1996,
files relating to Tyler's work in the 1930s on Urechis and to Caltech's marine station at
Corona del Mar were transferred from the T. H. Morgan papers to the Tyler collection.
Researchers should consult related collections in the Archives: the Papers of Thomas Hunt
Morgan, the Papers of Norman Horowitz, and Biology Divisional Records.