1632 – van Leeuwenhoek – bio

Antony van Leeuwenhoek was born in Delft, the Netherlands in 1632 and is known for creating the field of microbiology. While he did not invent the microscope, he worked to improve it and was the first to document the world of single celled organisms. Van Leeuwenhoek learned to work with glass and discovered that by pulling thin glass threads, he could create tiny glass spheres that would function as magnifying lenses. Following Robert Hooke’s ideas from his book, “Micrographia”, van Leewenhoek made his own single lens microscopes and began collecting observations of microorganisms.
He is known as the “Father of microbiology” and is credited with discovering the family of Protists (as distinct from animals, plants and fungi), bacteria, blood cells, sperm, muscle fibers and many more.

PRECURSOR:
-0599 – Vardhamana
-0116 – Varro
1478 – Fracastoro
1580 – Janssen
1595 – Microscope

CONCURRENT:
1602 – Kircher
1635 – Hooke

SUBSEQUENT:
1794 – Plossl
1816 – Zeiss
1822 – Pasteur
1828 – Cohn
1843 – Koch
1851 – Beijerinck
1856 – Winogradsky

SEE ALSO:
Lens on Leeuwenhoek
– [lensonleeuwenhoek.net]

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