Thursday, August 13, 2009

Ernest Alan Meyer Papers

On Friday, we took in more than double again the amount of material we first received from E. Alan Meyer, ScD., and his wife Barbara from their lab here in the Dept. of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. In this haul were about thirty notebooks of experimental data from the lab, including Meyer's early notebooks from his time at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, as well as over 80 books on microbiology, bacteriology, and parasitology, several videos on parasitic diseases, and even a small handful of cool glassware.

There is definite evidence of Meyer's strong international collaborations, with books in Russian and Romanian bearing their author's inscriptions to Meyer.

Meyer, an internationally-known expert on Giardia, received his A.B. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1949, his M.S. from Purdue University in 1953, and his ScD from Johns Hopkins in 1958 (where he wrote his thesis on "Studies in the discreteness of botulinal toxin and hemagglutinin"). He also spent several months in Czechoslovakia in 1988 on a Fulbright Scholarship.

A full inventory of the collection will be available upon request until the materials are physically processed. (See also this post for an image of Giardia, from the earlier accrual of the Meyer Papers.)

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