Navigation Links
Anton van Leeuwenhoek


Anton van Leeuwenhoek

Anton van Leeuwenhoek (October 24, 1632 - August 26, 1723) was a tradesman and scientist from Delft, in the Netherlands. He is best known for his contribution to improvement of the microscope and his contributions towards the establishment of cell biology. Using his handcrafted microscope he was the first to observe and describe muscle fibres, bacteria, spermatozoa and blood flow in capillaries (small blood vessels).

His name at birth was Thonis Philipszoon. His letters were signed Antoni van Leeuwenhoek. He was probably known as van Leeuwenhoek from a young age because he was born in a house at the corner of Lion's Gate in Delft. Van Leeuwenhoek translates as "from lion's corner".

Van Leeuwenhoek ground over 500 optical lenses during his lifetime. His microscope was used and improved by Christiaan Huygens for his own investigations into microscopy. He was introduced to microscopy by Huygens to observe the quality of the fabrics that he sold. From there, he grew an insatiable interest for the field. He spent his nights studying everything he could and carefully noted his observations. Unfortunately, he only spoke Dutch while the scientific language of the time was Latin. He wrote to Robert Hooke who knew both Dutch and Latin, and Hooke instantly realized the quality and pertinence of Leeuwenhoek's work. Their correspondence was translated by Hooke into Latin and published in the proceedings of the Royal Society.

"No more pleasant sight has met my eye than this of so many thousands of living creatures in one small drop of water..." - Stated after his discovery of the microscopic world over three centuries ago.

He is thought by some to have been the model for Vermeer's painting The Geographer (Stadelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt-am-Main). Vermeer and van Leeuwenhoek were baptised the same month, in the same church. After Vermeer died, van Leeuwenhoek was appointed curator for the financial affairs of Vermeer's widow. This has led some people to believe that the two must have been friends, even though acting as a curator was part of van Leeuwenhoek's job as a chamberlain of Delft.

Van Leeuwenhoek appeared on an unused design for a 10 guilder note done by M.C. Escher in 1951.

The Dutch Royal Academy presents (every 10 years) the Leeuwenhoek medal to the scientist judged to have made the decade's most significant finding in microbiology. This is regarded by microbiologists as the highest honor in their field.

External links


'"/>


(Date:8/6/2015)... and TELTOW, Germany , August 6, ... Conference, SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI) shows the world,s ... , based on Epson,s Moverio BT-200 see-through head ... With this new solution, unprecedented quality and efficiency is ... with context-sensitive displays. For the first time, professionals and ...
(Date:8/4/2015)... DUBLIN , Aug. 04, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/nvh7k2/digital_forensics ) has announced the addition ... Component (Hardware, Software, and Service), Sub-Segment (Computer ... Cloud Forensics), Tool Types, Service, Vertical and ... report to their offering. By ...
(Date:7/31/2015)... julho de 2015 A 10 a. ... realizada pela BGI de 22-25 de outubro de 2015, em ... A conferência está celebrando seu 10 o. aniversário este ... tornou uma das reuniões mais influentes do mundo no ... dinâmicos, entusiastas e prazerosos. A ICG-10 ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):SMI Shows First Eye Tracking Upgrade for Augmented Reality Glasses 2SMI Shows First Eye Tracking Upgrade for Augmented Reality Glasses 3Digital Forensics Market - The Market Represents a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 11.3% From 2015 to 2020 2A 10a. Conferência Internacional sobre Genômica (ICG-10) será em outubro 2A 10a. Conferência Internacional sobre Genômica (ICG-10) será em outubro 3
... been selected as a 2010-2014 Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development ... is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. ... University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, ... receive the award. Harold Amos scholars are selected based on ...
... April 7, 2010 Add insect-feeding birds, bats and ... global climate change. Summarizing the results of more ... ecologist Kailen A. Mooney and colleagues found that these ... of plant-feeding insects and the damage they do to ...
... have been discovered that live their entire lives without ... the open access journal BMC Biology report ... group Loricifera), showing that they are alive, metabolically active, ... of oxygen. Roberto Danovaro, from the Polytechnic University ...
Cached Biology News:First animals to live without oxygen discovered 2
Other biology definitionOther Tags