• The first microscope

    The first microscope
    The first microscope was invented by three eyeglas makers, Hans Lippershey (picture) , Zacharias Janssen, and his father Hans janssen.
  • Robert hooke

    Robert hooke
    Robert hookes microscope made a huge impression, mostly because of its impressive illustrations. Here is his famouse cork drawing.
  • Van Leeuwenhoek

     Van Leeuwenhoek
    Van Leeuwenhoek was perhaps one of the most important people linked to microscopes. On the 9th of october 1676, he announced the discovery of micro-organisms. Not only that but he also discovered blood cells.
  • Cell theory arose

    Cell theory arose
    The first ideas on cell theory are proposed by Schleiden and Schwarn, before this no one knew anything about it.
  • Cell movement

    Cell movement
    The first observation of cell movement in living organisms is recorded by Metchnikoff (picture).
  • Electron microscope

    Electron microscope
    The electron microscope was created by Ernst Ruska in 1932. It uses a beam of highly energetic electrons to examine fine objects on a large scale.
  • Phase contrast microscope

    Phase contrast microscope
    The phase contrast microscope was invented by Zernike (picture) in 1932. It is used to examine biological tissue.
  • Scanning electron microscope

    Scanning electron microscope
    Max Knoll managed to obtain the first image from a scanning electron microscope.The scanning electron microscope is a type of electron microscope that images the sample surface by scanning it with a high-energy beam of electrons in a raster scan pattern.
  • Confocal scanning microscope

    Confocal scanning microscope
    The confocal scanning microscope was invented by Marvin Minsky in 1956. This microscope is used for obtaining high-resoulution optical images.
  • Optical microscope

    Optical microscope
    The optical microscope is the simplest of microscopes and is the most used. It uses light and a system of lenses to magnify images of small samples.
  • Compound optical microscope

    Compound optical microscope
    A compound optical microscope is different to the optical microscope because it uses different eye pieces to create different volumes of magnification.