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History of Microscopes

  • 710 BCE

    Nimrud Lens

    Thought to have been used as a magnifying glass Title Image: "microscope" by liverpoolhls is licensed with CC BY 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
  • 1284

    First Eyeglasses

    First Eyeglasses
    Invented by Salvino D’Armate "Everyday Eyeglasses" by Brian Leon of Ottawa is licensed with CC BY-ND 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/
  • Early Microscope

    Created by Zacharias Janssen and his son Hans. Consisted of lenses in a tube.
  • Compound Microscope

    Compound Microscope
    Galileo Galilei used convex and concave lenses in his invention. "File:Achromatic compound microscope-MHS 376-P5200277-gradient.jpg" by Louis-François Dellebarre is licensed with CC BY-SA 3.0. To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/fr/deed.en
  • First use of the term "Microscope"

    Prior inventions were referred to under different names
  • Transmission Electron Microscope

    Created by Ernst Ruska and Max Knoll. Able to view objects with diameter of an atom.
  • Scanning Electron Microscopes

    Again built by Ernst Ruska