Karl Meyer (biochemist)

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Karl Meyer (4 September 1899 – 18 May 1990) was a German biochemist. He worked on connective tissue and determined the properties of hyaluronan in the 1930s.[1][2]


He was born on 4 September 1899 in Kerpen, Germany. Meyer studied medicine and received his Ph.D. from the University of Cologne in 1924. He moved to Berlin and received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Kaiser Wilhelm Society in 1927. In 1930 Herbert Evans invited Meyer to work as assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He then moved to New York and worked at the Columbia University doing research on hyaluronan.

A resident of Teaneck, New Jersey, Meyer died at the age of 90 on May 18, 1990, at a nursing home in nearby Cresskill.[3]



The Society for Complex Carbohydrates (now Society for Glycobiology) presents the Karl Meyer Award since 1991.


  1. ^ Meyer K, Hobby GL, Chaffee E, Dawson MH (January 1940). "THE HYDROLYSIS OF HYALURONIC ACID BY BACTERIAL ENZYMES". J Exp Med. 71 (2): 137–46. doi:10.1084/jem.71.2.137. PMC 2135078. PMID 19870951.
  2. ^ McDonald, J.; Hascall, V. C. (2002). "The Discovery of Hyaluronan by Karl Meyer". J. Biol. Chem. 277: 4575–4579. doi:10.1074/jbc.r100064200.
  3. ^ Staff. "Karl Meyer, 90, Dies; A Research Biochemist", The New York Times, May 22, 1990. Accessed September 12, 2017. "Dr. Karl Meyer, a research biochemist who specialized in connective tissue diseases, died on Friday at the Dunroven Nursing Home in Cresskill, N.J. He was 90 years old and lived in Teaneck, N.J."
  4. ^ Book of Members 1780–present (PDF, 323 kB) bei der American Academy of Arts and Sciences (amacad.org); abgerufen am 16. Juni 2012
  5. ^ Hascall, Vincent C.; Balazs, Endre A. (2009). "Karl Meyer 1899-1990" (PDF). Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences.