Myconi, Or Mycono (Anc. Myconus), an island of Greece, in the Aegean sea, one of the Cy-clades, lying E. of Delos and N. of Naxos, about 10 m. long and 6 m. wide; pop. about 6,000. Its highest summit has two peaks, whence Pliny calls it dimastus. Corn, wine, cotton, and figs are produced. In ancient times it was famous for the number of bald persons among its inhabitants.
Myer, Albert J., an American meteorologist, born in Newburgh, N. Y., Sept. 20, 1828. He graduated at Geneva college in 1847, took the degree of M. D. at the university of Buffalo in 1851, and in 1854 was appointed assistant surgeon in the United States army. From 1858 to 1860 he was on special duty in the signal service, and in the latter year was made major and chief signal officer in the army, serving in New Mexico and the Rocky mountains till May, 1861. In June he was made signal officer on the staff of Gen. Butler at Fortress Monroe, and afterward of Gen. McClellan, and took part as chief signal officer in nearly all the engagements during the peninsular campaign. In November, 1862, he took charge of the signal office at Washington. He was successively brevetted as lieutenant colonel, colonel, and brigadier general, the last being for " distinguished services in organizing, instructing, and commanding the signal corps of the army, and for its especial service Oct. 5, 1864," at Al-latoona, Ga. He was made colonel and chief signal officer in the army in July, 1866, and introduced a full course of study of signals at West Point and Annapolis. By virtue of an act approved Feb. 9, 1870, he was charged with the special duties of the observation and giving notice by telegraph and signals of the approach and force of storms on the northern lakes and seacoast, at the military posts in the interior, and at other points in the states and territories.
He organized the meteorological division of the signal office, being assigned to duty according to his commission as brevet brigadier general in June, 1871. By an act approved March 3, 1873, he was placed in charge of the special duties of telegraphy, etc, being authorized to establish signal stations at lighthouses and at such of the life-saving stations as arc suitable for the purpose, and to connect these stations by telegraph with such points as may be necessary. In 1873 he was a delegate to the international meteorological congress at Vienna. He has published a "Manual of Signals for the United States Army and Navy" (1868).