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Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

Antonie Philips van Leeuwenhoek[note 1] (/levnhk/, Dutch: [ntoni vn leu(n)uk] (

listen); 24 October 1632 26 August 1723) was a Dutch tradesman and scientist. He is
commonly known as "the Father of Microbiology", and considered to be the first microbiologist.
He is best known for his work on the improvement of the microscope and for his contributions
towards the establishment of microbiology.
Raised in Delft, in the Netherlands, Van Leeuwenhoek worked as a draper in his youth, and
founded his own shop in 1654. He made a name for himself in municipal politics, and
eventually developed an interest in lensmaking. Using his handcrafted microscopes, he was
the first to observe and describe microorganisms, which he originally referred to
as animalcules (from Latin animalculum = "tiny animal").

Microscopic study
While running his draper's shop, Van Leeuwenhoek wanted to see the quality of the thread
better than the then-current magnifying lenses available allowed. He began to develop an
interest in lensmaking, although few records exist of his early activity. Van Leeuwenhoek's
interest in microscopes and a familiarity with glass processing led to one of the most
significant, and simultaneously well-hidden, technical insights in the history of science.
By placing the middle of a small rod of soda lime glass in a hot flame, Van Leeuwenhoek could
pull the hot section apart to create two long whiskers of glass. Then, by reinserting the end of
one whisker into the flame, he could create a very small, high-quality glass sphere. These
spheres became the lenses of his microscopes, with the smallest spheres providing the highest

The microscope is undoubtedly the most important element in any laboratory. allows us, for example, see
cells, microorganisms, bacteria and behold what is impossible to observe a glance.
With microscope we discovered an infinite number of things that have helped evolve example As Hames
Discovered diseases that would be impossible to sin detect the microscope have also descubirto the cure for
EEE and many more diseases. The microscope also helped us one look and learn about the stars and planets
that we observer through the microscope through the microscope was discovered that was not the sun
revolving around the earth if the earth around the sun.
The microscope has been one of the essential tools for the study of Life Sciences. He opened the human eye
into a new dimension. So much so that today, the microscope allows us to observe the "heart" the same
matter: Atoms.