Robert Hooke

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Robert Hooke

Robert Hooke

The compound microscope

When Hooke viewed a thin cutting of cork he discovered empty spaces contained by walls, and termed them pores, or cells.

Robert Hooke made improvements to the compound microscope. He was able to work it in different ways and have the microscope show different images and clear. He worked with the lightning and also from different angles because he wanted to see as much as he was able to. He drew what he saw and published it on his book “Micrographia”. This was the major achievement to medicine because here he discovered the “cells” that we now know, are the base of every living thing. This also gave us a head start on the study of microbiology and microorganisms that are studied under the microscope. Scientist today, are based off his theory to keep on improving microscopes and keep discovering things that we have never seen before. Robert Hooke is an important part of health care because we are still discovering new things about health and about microbiology. Hooke fought with other scientists because he wanted to be recognized for his discoveries, but today we recognize him and honor him.


BiographyBorn on July 18, 1635. He was homeschooled most of his life until he went to college. He had great talents, drawing and building things. His parents believed he was destined to be an artist. Once his father passed, he moved to Westminster School to learn Greek and Latin, as well as mathematics and mechanics. He published a book "Micrographia"

Robert Hooke improved the microscope and it is he was able to discover the "cells" which is what every living thing is made out of

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July 18, 1635 / March 3, 1703

Discovery of "CELLS"

Eyes of flies seeing through the microscope


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Robert Hooke and his improvements to the compound microscope, is why we have advanced so much in health care and technology today!

Christina Duffy (27 July, 2014) Fleas, mould and plant cells: under a 17th century microscope with Robert Hooke museum of Robert Hooke (2003-2014) Robert Hooke Biography (1635-1703)


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