Antonie Philips van Leeuwenhoek was a Dutch businessman and scientist in the Golden Age of Dutch science and technology. A largely self-taught man in science, he is commonly known as “the Father of Microbiology”, and one of the first microscopists and microbiologists. Van Leeuwenhoek is best known for his pioneering work in microscopy and for his contributions toward the establishment of microbiology as a scientific discipline. Raised in Delft, Dutch Republic, van Leeuwenhoek worked as a draper in his youth and founded his own shop in 1654. He became well recognized in municipal politics and developed an interest in lensmaking. In the 1670s, he started to explore microbial life with his microscope. This was one of the notable achievements of the Golden Age of Dutch exploration and discovery. Using single-lensed microscopes of his own design, van Leeuwenhoek was the first to experiment with microbes, which he originally referred to as dierkens, diertgens or diertjes.
|Born:||October 24, 1632, Delft, Dutch Republic|
|Died:||August 26, 1723, Delft, Dutch Republic|
|Known for:||The first acknowledged microscopist and microbiologist, Microscopic discovery of microorganisms (animalcule)|
|Influences:||Robert Hooke, Regnier de Graaf|
|Influenced:||History of biology and life sciences, Natural history, Scientific Revolution, Age of Reason|
About Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
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.
Through glassmaking he discovered a process by which he could make small glass spheres that greatly magnified light.
He dutifully recorded everything he saw through his microscopes, presenting his findings to the Royal Society of London.
He grew up in Delft in the Dutch Republic.
His microscopes came almost four decades before Robert Hooke‘s first compound ones.
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