Ralph Meyer is a physicist and author of Old-Time Telephones, which describes the telephone’s development in full technical detail, giving credit to those who made important early steps. He writes a technical column for Singing Wires, the journal of Telephone Collectors International, and for the past few years he has been working with North Carolina State University on telephone-related design topics.
Dr. Meyer is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Kentucky and earned a Ph.D. in physics from the University of North Carolina.
He did experimental research at the University of Arizona and Argonne National Laboratory, and his main career was in technical work for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. For more than 30 years, he studied and wrote about the history and development of the telephone.