By: Megan Means
What is Microbiology?
Picture: This is a microbiologist holding a sample of an organism. https://www.kln.ac.lk
Anton van Leeuwenhoek, Robert Koch, and Louis Pasteur are some famous microbiologists.
A little bit about them...
Anton van Leeuwenhoek
A Dutch scientist from the 17th century, Anton van Leeuwenhoek was born into a family of tradesmen, was very poor, and received no higher education or degrees. Yet, with his skill and diligence, he is often referred to as the “Father of Microbiology.” When he was in his 20s, he learned to grind lenses, making simple microscopes, which could be used to make simple observations. Van Leeuwenhoek’s first microscope consisted of a small rod of soda lime glass and a powerful magnifying glass. He expanded his curiosity by observing almost anything. He put them under his lens, and since he was a poor drawer, he gave detailed descriptions to an illustrator, who drew pictures for him. He used these microscopes to help make the discovery of some single-celled animals, bacteria, and spermatozoa. Van Leeuwenhoek is best known for his work on the development and improvement of the microscope.