Cyril Aldred was born on 19 February 1914 as the third son of Frederick and Lilian Ethel Aldred Aldred, nee Underwood, in Fulham, now a suburb of London. His father was an employee of the public service at the post office. After visiting the Sloane School in Chelsea Aldred studied English Literature at King's College London and then art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. During his studies he learned Egyptologist Howard Carter in 1933 know. After completing his studies in 1936 was Cyril Aldred 1937 deputy director of the Royal Scottish Museum in Edinburgh, an office which he held throughout his life.
Cyril Aldred wrote several books and worked for the Department of Art and Archaeology at the Royal Museum of Edinburgh, and to temporarily Department of Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Publications (selection )
- The Egyptians ( Ancient Peoples and Places ). by Cyril Aldred and Aidan Dodson, Thames & Hudson, London 1961, ISBN 0-500-28036-3
- Akhenaten, Pharaoh of Egypt. A New Study. Thames & Hudson, London 1968 Akhenaten. God and Pharaoh of Egypt. Translated from English by Joachim Rehork, Luebbe, Bergisch Gladbach 1968
- The Jewels of the Pharaohs. Translated from English by Peter Behrens. Schuler Verlagsgesellschaft, Munich 1976, ISBN 3779640589