Charles Edward Meyer, son of William Meyer and his wife Irene (born Hellman), was a British citizen. He studied at the South African College, Cape Town, from 1900 to 1903. He does not appear to have obtained a formal qualification at that time, but two years later was an analytical chemist at Langlaagte Deep, Ltd., Johannesburg. In 1903 he became a member of the Chemical, Metallurgical and Mining Society of South Africa and in June 1906 read a paper before its members on a "Proposed process for treatment of zinc gold slimes before smelting". The paper was published in the society's Journal (Vol. 6(12), pp. 361-364). His process, which he had tested and found very satisfactory on a laboratory scale, involved precipitation and re-solution in a reagent instead of just solution by means of an acid.
Meyer was married to Lilian M. Simpkins, with whom he had a son and a daughter.