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Frank Nicholas Meyer

Frank Nicholas Meyer
Frank N Meyer circa 1909
Born Frans Nicholaas Meijer
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died 1918 (aged 42–43)
near Shanghai, China

Frank Nicholas Meyer (1875 – 1918) was an United States Department of Agriculture explorer who traveled to Asia to collect new plant species. He introduced 2,500 plants into the United States. The Meyer lemon was named in his honor.[1]


He was born Frans Nicholaas Meijer in Amsterdam in 1875. He emigrated to the United States in 1901. Meyer was hired in 1905 by the United States Department of Agriculture in their Office of Seed and Plant Introduction to send back to the United States economically useful plants. Through an arrangement with Charles Sprague Sargent and David Fairchild Meyer was also to send to the Arnold Arboretum trees and shrubs of ornamental value. They archived images he collected of his travels.[2]


In recognition of his industry, the Frank N. Meyer Medal for Plant Genetic Resources was struck by his United States Department of Agriculture colleagues, funded by his bequest to the organization.[3]

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  • Fairchild, David. An Agricultural Explorer in Asia. Asia; the American Magazine on the Orient. January, 1921.
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