Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

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Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723) was the most important microscopist of the Scientific Revolution. The Dutchman made over 500 microscopes, many with a magnification far superior to contemporary models. His discoveries include bacteria, protozoa, red blood cells, spermatozoa, and how minute insects and parasites reproduce.

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  • 1632 - 1723
    Life of the Dutch microscopist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek.
  • 24 Oct 1632
    The Dutch microscopist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek is born in Delft.
  • 1674 - 1677
    Antonie van Leeuwenhoek observes single-celled organisms, baceria and sperm through a microscope.
  • 1680
    The Dutch microscopist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek is made a Fellow of the Royal Society.
  • 26 Aug 1723
    The Dutch microscopist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek dies in Delft.
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