University of Toronto. Upper Canada College.
He discovered dinosaur (Albertosaurus) bones in Alberta"s Badlands and coal around Drumheller in 1884. Canada"s Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Alberta was named in his honour. He was a student at Weston Grammar School before graduating from Upper Canada College in 1876 and receiving a law degree from the University of Toronto in 1880.
However, after articling for a law firm in Toronto, his doctor advised him to work outdoors due to his health.
He joined the Geological Survey of Canada in 1881, leading or participating in numerous explorations. He led the 1893 and 1894 expeditions into the Northern Barren Lands – down the Dubawnt River – the first visit to the Kivalliq Region Barrenlands by a European since the explorations of Samuel Hearne in the 1770s.
Tyrrell married Mary Edith Carey in 1894 and they had three children, Mary (1896), George (1900), and Thomas (1906). In 1894, Tyrrell stumbled upon biographical recollections (11 books of field notes, 39 journals, maps and a narrative) of Canadian overland explorer, cartographer and fur trader David Thompson and, in 1916, published them as "David Thompson"s Narrative".
Tyrrell went into the gold-mining business in 1898, a career that would last more than 50 years.
He was mine manager of the Kirkland Lake Gold Mine in northern Ontario for many years. Tyrrell retired to northeast Scarborough on the Rouge River, where he established substantial apple orchards and interest in grafting and breeding. He died in Toronto in 1957 at the age of 98.
Places named for Tyrrell Tyrrell Sea (prehistoric Hudson Bay) Institutions named for Tyrrell J. B. Other honours.
Royal Society of Canada.