Cell Theory

By Kevin Aldrich

Robert Hooke

He examined very thin slices of bottle cork and saw a multitude of tiny pores that he remarked looked like the walled compartments a monk would live in, because of this he called them cells (they still bare this name). Robert Hooke had thought that the cells couldn't possibly be alive mostly because he was looking at a piece of cork and he didn't have a strong microscope.

Anton van Leeuwenhoek

Anton was the first ever to witness living cells who had a much better lens of 300 fold. In 1674 Leeuwenhoek described the algae Spirogyra and named the moving organisms animalcules, meaning "little animals".


The only reason why we didn't know about cells for long period of time is because cells are too small to see with the naked eye. So with the invention of the microscope Robert Hooke was able to see the dead cells of a piece of cork. Thus with out the microscope we wouldn't know about cells and much much more.

Henri Dutrochet

All of this finally led to him formulating one of the fundamental tenets of modern cell theory by declaring that "The cell is the fundamental element of organization". Ending the cell theory.

Work cited


Cell theory. (2013, December 19). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:49, January 7, 2014, fromhttp://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Cell_theory&oldid=586740441