Aldrich was born in Butler, New Jersey, and attended Rutgers University, where he earned his doctorate. He began working at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1961 as an associate professor of biology. Two years later he became head of the department. He became the first director of the Marine Sciences Research Laboratory at Logy Bay in 1967. In 1990, Aldrich became the Moses Harvey Professor of Marine Biology, a named chair that he would hold until his death.
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- Frederick A. Aldrich, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Accessed July 2, 2011. "Frederick Allen Aldrich, AB, M.Sc., PhD, was born in Butler, New Jersey, on May 1, 1927. Following the award of his doctorate in marine biology and physiology from Rutgers University, he served for seven years as curator of invertebrates at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia."
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