Alpheus Hyatt

ID: 2004-63041 or SA-707

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1890s

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 71, Folder: Hyatt

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Alpheus Hyatt, 1838-1902, was an American zoologist, who graduated from Harvard in 1862. He was a student of Louis Agassiz. From 1870, Hyatt was custodian and later curator of the Boston Society of Natural History. He also taught zoology and paleontology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1870-88) and at Boston Univ. (1877-1902). At the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology he built up a remarkable collection of fossil cephalopods; his discoveries contributed to the knowledge of their evolution. He wrote extensively on the cephalopods, sponges, and other subjects. Hyatt helped to establish the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Mass.


  • Hyatt, Alpheus 1838-1902
  • Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology
  • Harvard University
  • Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, Mass.)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 71, Folder: Hyatt

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c. 1890s

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2004-63041 or SA-707

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Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Portraits; Medium: Photographic print

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