Barska microscopes with mirror

The History of Microscopes

  • First microscope

    First microscope
    Hans Lippershey, Zacharias Janssen, and his father Hans Janssen invented the first microscope. They were eyeglass makers.
  • Robert Hooke

    Robert Hooke
    Robert Hookes microscope made a huge impression. The microscope had impressive illustrations.
  • Van Leeuwenhoek

    Van Leeuwenhoek
    He announced discovery of microorganisms. He also discovered blood cells.
  • The Cell Theory Arose

    The Cell Theory Arose
    The first ideas on cell theory arose 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 recorded were by Metchnikoff.
  • Electron Microscope

    Electron Microscope
    The Electron microscope was created by Ernst Ruska. 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. It is used to examine biological tissues.
  • 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 sampled 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. It is used for obtaining high-resolution optical images.
  • Optical Microscope

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

    Compound Optical Microscope
    The Compound optical microscope is different to optical microscope because it uses a different eyepiece to create different volumes of magnification.