Albert A. Merrill was an aviation pioneer and designer. He was born on October 23, 1874
in Hyde Park, Massachusetts. From 1894 to 1911 he worked for Boylston National Bank in
Boston, then from 1911 to 1918, as an accountant for T. C. Edwards and Waldron Rand in
Boston, finally ending up at Price Waterhouse in Los Angeles. In 1918, he joined the
Throop faculty as an instructor in accounting and aeronautics. Merrill left the Caltech
staff in 1930 to engage privately in airplane design, but later returned in 1940.
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