(1858–1919), Celtic scholar. Born in Hamburg, he left school at 15 and spent two years in Edinburgh. During his sojourn in Scotland he encountered spoken Gaelic in Arran, after which he studied Celtic in Leipzig under Ernst Windisch. In 1896 he founded Zeitschrift für Celtische Philologie, which became a major influence on Celtic learning. Deploring the neglect of Irish by learned institutions in Dublin, he founded there in 1903 a School of Irish Learning to train students in scholarly method and philology. Under his directorship the school attracted distinguished students from Britain, Europe, and America such as Robin Flower and Julius Pokorny, while visiting scholars such as Rudolf Thurneysen gave prestigious summer courses. Meyer succeeded Windisch in the Chair of Celtic at Berlin in 1911. Selections from Ancient Irish Poetry (1911) was acclaimed for its editorial scholarship and the sensitivity of his translations. See, Kuno Meyer 1858–1919 (1992).
From The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature in Oxford Reference.