A Microscopic View of Anton Van Leeuwenhoek
Dutch microscopic studier and creator

Early Life

Anton Van was born on October 24, 1632 in Delft, Holland. Although is known as Anton, Antony is Leeuwenhoek’s actual first name. He had six siblings, but his two youngest siblings and his father died when he was only two years old. He had very little education at Warmond Village Elementary School because he couldn't afford to go to school but he still went into a science career. He is more commonly known as “The Father of Microbiology, but before that he was a tradesman in Delft, Holland.

Personal Life/Discovery’s
He found a new species of animal that was microscopic. He was the first scientist to study bacteria and animalcules. He was not the first person to make a microscope, but he made his first microscope in 1671. He didn’t have much education in science because his family couldn’t afford it, but this didn’t stop him from becoming a scientist. He made his microscope’s lens so powerful that he could see the tiny animals he was studying as if they were regular sized animals, so he could see all their detail. The animals were like fleas, and he could see hairs on their skin and his own blood. He died on August 30, 1723. He died at the age of 90.
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Leeuwenhoek started publishing his work with the British Royal Society. Most of his work was published in the Transactions Philosophical. Now his work is in the British Royal Society Museum. He didn’t make the first microscope but he did improve the first microscope. He improved the microscope by grinding the lens. He gave the first accurate description of red blood cells. He found that the little creatures were god’s little creations. He took countless hours grinding lens to make bigger and better microscopes. He lived for 90 years. Even though he lived in Delft, Holland, he gave his discoveries to the Royal Society of England’s Protozoans.

Explain Science

Leeuwenhoek worked on the study of microscopic creatures. His goal was to improve the microscope. To do this he figured out that grinding lenses in a special way made the microscope magnify things better. This allowed him to take more detailed notes about what he was observing.


Britannica: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/334699/Antonie-van-Leeuwenhoek Data Base

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