History of Microscopes

Timeline created by ketch.lindsay
  • Nov 12, 1000

    Creation of the Reading Stone

    A glass sphere that magnified reading materials when it was placed on top of them was invented. This was the first vision aid called a reading stone. Inventor unknown.
  • Nov 12, 1284

    Eye glasses invented

    Eye glasses invented
    Salvino D’Armate is credited with inventing the first eye glasses that were wearable.
  • First cells are noticed

    First cells are noticed
    Robert Hooke looked at a sliver (piece) of cork through a microscope lens and noticed cells in it.
  • First simple microscope

    First simple microscope
    Anton Van Leeuwenhoek built a simple microscope with only one lens to examine yeast, blood, insects and other tiny objects. He was the first person to describe bacteria.
  • First compound microscope created

    First compound microscope created
    Joseph Jackson Lister created a model of the compound microscope. He showed that several weak lenses used together at certain distances gave good images without blurring.
  • Electron microscope invented

    Electron microscope invented
    Ernst Ruska co-invented the electron microscope. This made it possible to view objects as small as the diameter of an atom.
  • Scanning Tunnel Microscope

    Scanning Tunnel Microscope
    Gerd Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer invented the scanning tunnel microscope that is the strongest microscope to date.
  • Cellscope

    Scientists are working on a cellscope. The cellscope is a high magnification attachment for cell phones. It would allow scientists to take detailed images of microscopic items using the phone’s camera.