Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek

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Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek

Anton van Leeuwenhoek, a prior Dutch tradesman and scientist, managed to significantly shape medical history with not only his biggest contribution of the accurately functional compound microscope, but also of the research it helped him construct afterwards. Leeuwenhoek discovered and detailed various species known popularly known and used in microbiology. Thanks to his works with these micro-organisms, causes of diseases were easier to diagnose and the treatments were also made possible. Even with his preliminary research, his methodolgy and courage to strive in microbiology makes him so renowned. He is a truly an inspirational man, and contributor of medicine.

October 24, 1632 - BirthSeptember 7, 1674 - Described lake water green charophyte alga. 1677 - Hypothesized parasites in male genitalia.1679 ' 1684 - Discovered pain origin of gout patients.December 25, 1702 - Gave descriptions of protists.September 17, 1683 - 1st description of living bacteria in dental tartar.1683 - Observed and described lymphatic capillaries.1698 - Proved circulation in the capillaries with several species.August 30, 1723 - Death.


"...My work, which I've done for a long time, was not pursued in order to gain the praise I now enjoy, but chiefly from a craving after knowledge, which I notice resides in me more than in most other men. And therewithal, whenever I found out anything remarkable, I have thought it my duty to put down my discovery on paper, so that all ingenious people might be informed thereof."-June 12, 1716 "A man has always to be busy with his thoughts if anything is to be accomplished."


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Anton Van Leeuwenhoek

He was self-educated, never recieving a formal degree!

First microscope was just a strong magnifying glass!

Salesman - Only wanted to observe quality of cloth!


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