Microscope Timeline

  • 2600 BCE

    Ancient Egypt Use Curved Lens

    Ancient Egypt Use Curved Lens
    Ancient Egyptians found and used various curved lens as a magnifier.
  • 1200 BCE

    Microscope- "mikrós" & "skopein"

    The word microscope comes from the Ancient Greek words mikrós "small", and skopein "to look" or "see".
  • 1000 BCE

    1000 AD- Reading Stone

    1000 AD- Reading Stone
    The reading stone is invented, which is a glass sphere placed on top of of text to magnify the text and to aid readability.
  • 710 BCE

    710 BC - Nimrud lens

    A piece of rock crystal was used as a magnifying glass or as a burning-glass to start fires by concentrating sunlight.
  • 100

    100 AD - Roman Impact

    100 AD - Roman Impact
    The Romans were the ones who made the very first piece of transparent glass. Then they started to test it by changing the shape and thickness. They experimented with the lens to make it thick in the middle and thin on the edges, and they were able to see things through the lens larger.
  • Renaissance: The First Microscope Invention!

    Renaissance: The First Microscope Invention!
    The first complex version of the microscope was invented during the renaissance by Hans Lippershey.
  • Galileo Galilei's Improvement

    Galileo Galilei's Improvement
    Galileo Galilei added an improvement to the microscope by adding on an occhiolino, a "little eye" for future scientists to use and see even smaller microorganisms.
  • Antony Van Leeuwenhoek

    Antony Van Leeuwenhoek
    He was a dutch draper and scientist. He was also a pioneer in microscopes. He was the first man to make and successfully use a microscope.
  • First Pair of Bifocals

    First Pair of Bifocals
    Benjamin Franklin invented the first pair of bifocals.
  • New Addition: Achromatic Lens!

    New Addition: Achromatic Lens!
    Joseph Jackson Lister developed an achromatic lens, which uses several weaker lenses joint together at a distance to achieve greater magnification without blurring the image.
  • The Transmission Electron Microscope

    The Transmission Electron Microscope
    This was designed and built by Ernst Ruska and Max Knoll from the ideas of Leo Szilard. This microscope used electrons instead of light
  • First CAT scanner

    First CAT scanner
    This technology was developed by Godfrey Hounsfield and Allan Cormack and involves the combination of many X-ray images (with the help of a computer) for the purposes of generating cross-sectional views and 3D images. A revolutionary invention for microscropy!
  • Confocal laser scanning microscope

    Confocal laser scanning microscope
    Developed by Thomas and Christoph Cremer, the confocal laser scanning microscope helps scan objects using a focused laser beam.
  • Digital Micropscope

    Digital Micropscope
    Digital microscopes help many doctors, scientists, and other very important people see closer into everything. The microscope sends what it sees to the computer, and then you can zoom in and look closer.
  • Brightfield Microscopy: Modern-day Tech!

    Brightfield Microscopy: Modern-day Tech!
    Brightfield microscopy is the most elementary form of microscope illumination techniques and is generally used with compound microscopes. In brightfield microscopy, a specimen is placed on the stage of the microscope and incandescent light from the microscope’s light source is aimed at a lens beneath the specimen.