The microscope was invented in the Netherlands. There are three Dutch men who have contributed to the invention of the microscope.Continue Reading
The exact date of when the microscope was developed is still under debate, but it is known that it was developed in the Netherlands. Three men - Zaccharias Janssen, Hans Janssen and Antony Van Leeuwenhoek - have been credited for developing the first microscope.
Zaccharias and his father Hans started experimenting with different lenses in the 1590s. They placed the lenses in a tube and found that they were able to increase the magnification of the object below it.
Antony Van Leeuwenhoek advanced the study of microscopes in the late 17th century. He is known as the first person to use a real microscope much in the manner that it is used in science today.Learn more about Inventions
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Anton Van Leeuwenhoek was not the inventor of the compound microscope. The microscope was invented by Robert Hooke of England and Jan Swammerdam of the Netherlands in 1595, almost 40 years before Leeuwenhoek was even born. However, Leeuwenhoek improved on the quality of the lens used in his microscopes.Full Answer >
In the 17th century, the English physicist Robert Hooke discovered plant cells while examining cork under a microscope. He was the first to refer to the units as cells because their boxy appearance reminded him of monastery cells.Full Answer >
Robert Hooke's microscope, or more precisely his refinements to the microscope, led to his discovery of the cell, the building block of all life. His findings were published in "Micrographia" in 1665.Full Answer >