Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek

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Birthday
24, 1632
Birthplace
Delft, Netherlands
Death Date
Aug 26, 1723 (90)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
24, 1632
Birthplace
Delft, Netherlands
Death Date
Aug 26, 1723 (90)

About

Creator of some of the earliest microscopes, through which he first discovered bacteria and cells. He was the first scientist ever to record microscopic observations of muscle fibers, bacteria, spermatozoa, and blood flow in capillaries.

Before Fame

Through glassmaking he discovered a process by which he could make small glass spheres that greatly magnified light.

Trivia

He dutifully recorded everything he saw through his microscopes, presenting his findings to the Royal Society of London.

Family Life

He grew up in Delft in the Dutch Republic.

Associated With

His microscopes came almost four decades before Robert Hooke's first compound ones.