History of the Cell Theory

By Alexandra Greenbaum

The Theory

The cell theory states that:


  1. Every living thing is made up of one or more cells
  2. Cells carry out the functions needed to support life
  3. Cells come only from other living cells









Robert Hooke

Robert Hooke lived from July 28,1635 to March 3,1703. He came up with the name of the cell while studying a piece of cork under a microscope. He lived in a monastery at the time and thought the different cells looked like empty rooms in his monastery called cells.



Anton Von Leeuwenhoek

Anton Von Leeuwenhoek was born in 1632 and died in 1723. He is best known for improving the microscope. He also contributed to the study of microbiology.


Theodor Schwann

Theodor Schwann was born in 1810 and died in1882. He is most famous for helping develop the cell theory.


Matthias Schleiden

He was born in 1804 and died in1882. Hr was known for being one of the founders of the cell theory.


Rudolf Virchow

Rudolph Virchow was born in October 1821 and died in September 1902. He contributed, like many others, to the cell theory