Anton von Leeuwenhoek

"Antonie," "Antoni" "Antony"

Anton van Leeuwenhoek studied as a microscopist. He is known as the father of microbiology due to his discovery of protozoa. Born into a family of tradesmen in 1632, he differed from the scientists at the time in that he received little education. His love of science acted more as a hobby than a job. During his life in Delft, he worked at various different occupations, but continued to tinker with microscopes and microbiology. He invented a microscope with a single-high quality lens. He worked on further discoveries that eventually lead to the concept of spontaneous generation.

Biggest Discoveries

The biggest discoveries made by Leeuwenhoek include single- cell life, the shape and size of red blood cells, and water bacteria. With personally microscopes, he discovered the existence of single- cell organisms he called "animalcules." This added to further advancements of this type of biology. Microscopes also added to his discovery of accurately describing the characteristics of blood cells. This exploration of the functions of this cell. He is nicknamed "the Father of Bacteria" because he was one of the first scientists to work with bacteria and in fact laid down a large foundation for further biology.


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