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Professor of physics.

Ernest Merritt graduated from Cornell University in 1886 as an electrical engineer, and joined the staff as an instructor in 1889. He became the first dean of the Cornell Graduate School in 1909, and resigned in 1914 in order to return to teaching. He was head of the department from 1919-1935. Merritt was also one of the founders and first editors of the Physical Review, first secretary and president of the American Physical Society, and was an active member of many other scientific groups.