Karl Friedrich Meyer was born on May 19, 1884, in a suburb of Basel, Switzerland. He
obtained his undergraduate instruction at Zurich, where he received his A.B. degree in
1905. Following graduate study at the Universities of Basel, Munich, Bern and Zurich, he
received the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Zurich in
1909 and a Ph.D. in Zoology in 1924.