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History of the Microscope

By B&G
  • First Compound Microscope

    First Compound Microscope
    Zacharias Janssen is associated with the invention of the simple microscope and the first compound microscope. The compound microscope was invented in 1595 with the help of his father Hnas Janssen. The fact of him actually contributing to the invention is debatable since there is no concrete evidence of him contributing. His birth date would have made him 5 years old at the time of the invention.
  • Robert Hooke's Compound Microscope

    Robert Hooke's Compound Microscope
    After Hooke's history of biology book, Micrographia, was published in 1665, he divised the compound micorscope and illumination system. It was one of the best microscopes of his time. He used is in his demonstration at the Royal Society's meetings.
  • Anton Von Leeuwenhoek’s Simple Microscope

    Anton Von Leeuwenhoek’s Simple Microscope
    Anton Van Leeuwenhoek did not invent the microscope, however he was able to create a lens that could achieve 200x magnification. He made many discoveries pertaining to bacteria and capillaries.
  • Modern Compound Light Microscope

    Modern Compound Light Microscope
    Ernst Abbe and Carl Zeiss invented the Modern Compound microscope in 1886. It was widley known for it's importance in the field of biology. The discovery of bacteria and microogansims was one of the greatest discoveries of all time.
  • Transmission Electron Microscope

    Transmission Electron Microscope
    In 1932 Ernst Ruska andMax Knoll invented the first Transmission Electron Microscope. It is describe as “one of the most important inventions of the century,” by the Nobel Society. It allows molecular biologists to study small structural details related to cellular function.
  • Scanning Electron Microscope

    Scanning Electron Microscope
    The first SEM was made by Max Knoll in 1935. It was further developed by Professser Sir Charles Oatley and first marketed in 1965. It takes an image sample by scanning it with a beam of electrons in a raster scan patteren and the electrons interact with the atoms that make up the sample producing signal that contain information about the sample.
  • Scanning Tunneling Microscope

    Scanning Tunneling Microscope
    In 1981 Gerd Binnig and Henirich Rohrer invented the Scanning Tunneling Microscope. It received a Nobel Prize in Physics and 1986. It is one of our more modern microbiology devices.