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. More »

Robert Hooke was one of the great encyclopedic polymaths of 17th-century science. As a founding member of the Royal Society, Hooke made foundational contributions to the fields of astronomy, biology, chemistry, engineeri... More »

Robert Hooke discovered cells by looking at a thin slice of cork through a microscope. Hooke saw small empty spaces which he then named cells. More » Science Biology Cells

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 monast... More »

Robert Hooke made contributions across many fields of science, but his principal contribution was in the field of biology. Hooke published a book called "Micrographia" in which he detailed observations and experiments wi... More »

Robert Hooke has a number of inventions and patents to his credit. One of his most notable and useful inventions is the balance spring, which is a timepiece component that allows watches to remain accurate and remains wi... More »

Robert Hooke was an influential, experimental scientist in the 17th century. He studied all forms of science including astronomy, chemistry, biology, physics, geology and paleontology. More »