North Star History Museum
Featuring: Renaissance Inventions
Exhibit on Inventors and Invention
Leonardo da Vinci 1452-1519
A variety of new lenses were first created during the Renaissance. The lenses were used for microscopes and telescopes. The first microscope was invented as early as 1590 by either Hans Lippershey or Hans Janssen and his son Zacharias, all of whom were spectacle-makers from Middelburg, Netherlands. Hans Lippershey is credited with inventing a telescope for viewing distant objects in 1608.
Design of an early microscope
Design of Hans Lippershey's telescope
Portrait of Hans Lippershey, who may have invented both the microscope and the telescope