Cell Timeline

Significant Figures in Cell Discovery

Robert Hooke

Born July 28, 1635, Robert Hooke transformed the understanding of biology by inventing a way to adjust microscopes and see even smaller details, and then being credited with the discovery of cells.
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Anton van Leeuwenhoek

Born October 24, 1632, Van Leeuwenhoek also developed microscopes and made pioneering discoveries on microbiology.
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Felice Fontana

Born April 15, 1730, Fontana discovered cell nuclei in eel cells.
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Robert Brown

Born December 21, 1773, Brown discovered the cell nuclei in a variety of plant cells,
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Félix Dujardin

Born April 5, 1801, Dujardin discovered and grouped single celled organisms.
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Matthias Jakob Schleiden

Born April 5, 1804, Schleiden formed the first part of the cell theory, being that all plants were made up of cells.
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Theodor Schwann

Born December 7, 1810, Theodor Schwann expanded on Schleiden's theory, saying that all animals are also made up of cells.
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Rudolf Virchow

Born October 13, 1821, Schwann contributed to the cell theory that all living things come from other living things.
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James Till and Ernest McCulloch

Born August 25, 1931 and April 27, 1926, James Till and Ernest McCulloch demonstrated the existence of stem cells.
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Lynn Margulis

Born March 5, 1938, Lynn Margulis studied the structure of eukaryotic cells.
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