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Guide to the Papers of Albert Tyler, 1930-1968
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Papers of Albert Tyler,
    Date (inclusive): 1930-1968
    Creator: Tyler, Albert
    Extent: Linear feet: 5
    Repository: California Institute of Technology. Archives.
    Pasadena, California 91125
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the California Institute of Technology Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the California Institute of Technology Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item, Box and file number], Papers of Albert Tyler, Archives, California Institute of Technology.

    Biographical Sketch

    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 (1929).
    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 papers.

    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.