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Oregon Health & Science University

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Biographical Information; Military Service; Undergraduate Education; Purdue University; Johns Hopkins University; Naval Biological Laboratory; Harry Sears; Move to Oregon; Family Life; Department of Bacteriology (Later, Department of Microbiology and Immunology); Research on Giardia; Cryptosporidium; Solar Disinfection; Department of Bacteriology; Sabbaticals; Department Chairmen; Ernest Alan and Barbara Park Meyer Scholarship; Hobbies; Changes in Medical Education; Changes in Microbiology; Family Life


Ernest Alan Meyer, D.Sc., begins by briefly describing his childhood, born in San Jose, California and raised in San Francisco. He then talks about what it was like as a teenager during World War II and his decision to join the Air Force at 18 where he served as a cryptographer. Meyer then discusses his education, earning a B.A. degree at the University of California in 1949, an M.S. degree from Purdue University in 1953, and an Sc.D. degree at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health in 1958. He details his decision to move to Oregon, family life, and his work for the University of Oregon Medical School Department of Bacteriology (later, Department of Microbiology and Immunology). Meyer also talks about his research on Giardia, Cryptosporidium, and Solar Disinfection. He concludes by discussing hobbies and changes in medical education and the field of microbiology as well as a bit more about his family life.


Transcript of oral history interview with Ernest Alan Meyer, D.Sc., conducted on February 10, 2010 by Lesley Hallick, Ph.D.


OHSU Oral History Project




School of Medicine


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