Albert Tuttle, zoology

Albert Tuttle (1844-1927) was a professor of zoology and scholar whose work focused on small organisms such as protozoa and green algae in microscopy journals, as well as in broader outlets (Tuttle, 1872, 1926).  Tuttle was active in promoting the use of microscopy in characterizing tiny plant and other one-celled organisms, helping to distinguish which were “animal” and which “vegetable.”  At Ohio State, he was most famous for presenting a commencement address in 1890, The university of Utopia, in which he and a colleague travel to the fictional capital of Utopia, the location of the most enlightened university on the planet. At the conclusion of this lengthy address, Tuttle had described the land-grant ideal of education to produce useful and dedicated citizens who seek to improve the world as they find it—that is, The Ohio State University.