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In World War I—A Soldier; In World War II—Teaching Soldiers


Charles Ferdinand Meyer
The Michigan Alumnus 61

Charles F. Meyer, Associate
 Professor of Physics at the
 University, and a veteran of World
 War I, is busy now teaching the
 service men stationed on Campus, 
 as well as civilian students. Born at
 Baltimore, Maryland, January 15, 
 1887, he was educated at Johns
 Hopkins University. He received 
his A.B. degree there in 1906, and 
his Ph. D. degree in 1912.

While
 attending Johns Hopkins, Meyer
 was active in athletics, and was 
Captain of the La Crosse team. In 
1912, he took a position at Wash
ington University, St. Louis, as In
structor in Physics. Then, in 1914, 
he returned to his alma mater as 
Lecturer in Physics. He joined the 
faculty of the University of Michi
gan in 1915, as an Instructor, be
coming Assistant Professor in 1921. 
He was advanced to Associate Pro
fessor in 1930.

During the first
 World War, Professor Meyer was a
 Private in the French Reserve Mal
let, a Motor Transport Corps near 
the active front, as a member of the 
American Field Service. He enlisted in the regular Army, October 
1, 1917, at Soissons, and was com
missioned Second Lieutenant the 
following February. He was advanced to First Lieutenant, Octo
ber 1918, in the Motor Transport
 Corps, at Tours, France.

Professor 
Meyer is a member of The Ameri
can Association for the Advancement 
of Science; The American Medical
 Society; and the Optical Society of
 America.

He has had a book published, which is titled "The Diffrac
tion of Light X-Rays and Material Particles," and is now working on
 a new book. He has also had sev
eral articles published in various
 bulletins.

Professor Meyer is mar
ried, and until this past year, he
 and his wife have spent their sum
mers at a cottage on the Canadian
 Side of the famed Thousand Is
lands northeast of buffalo.