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Antoni Philips van Leeuwenhoek

Also Known As: "Thonis Philipsz."
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Birthplace: Delft, Zuid-Holland, Nederland (Netherlands)
Death: August 26, 1723 (90)
Delft, Zuid-Holland, Nederland (Netherlands)
Place of Burial: Delft, Zuid-Holland, Nederland
Immediate Family:

Son of Philips Thonisz Antonisz van Leeuwenhoek and Margaretha van Leeuwenhoek
Husband of Barbara de Meij and Cornelia Swalmius
Father of Maria van Leeuwenhoek; Margarieta van Hasselt; Maria van Leeuwenhoek; Margrieta van Leeuwenhoek; Phillips van Leeuwenhoek and 1 other
Brother of Margrieta Philips van Leeuwenhoek; Geertruijt Philips van Leeuwenhoek; Neeltje Philips van Leeuwenhoek; Maria Philips van Leeuwenhoek and Catharina Philips van Leeuwenhoek

Occupation: Handelsman, landmeter, wijnroeier, glasblazer en microbioloog., Dutch businessman and scientist in the Golden Age of Dutch science and technology.
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Antonie Philips van Leeuwenhoek (/ˈleɪvənhʊk/; Dutch: [%C9%91n%CB%88to%CB%90ni vɑn ˈleːuə(n)ˌɦuk] (About this sound listen); 24 October 1632 – 26 August 1723) was a Dutch businessman and scientist in the Golden Age of Dutch science and technology. A largely self-taught man in science, he is commonly known as "the Father of Microbiology", and one of the first microscopists and microbiologists. Van Leeuwenhoek is best known for his pioneering work in microscopy and for his contributions toward the establishment of microbiology as a scientific discipline.

Raised in Delft, in the Dutch Republic, van Leeuwenhoek worked as a draper in his youth and founded his own shop in 1654. He became well recognized in municipal politics and developed an interest in lensmaking. In the 1670s, he started to explore microbial life with his microscope. This was one of the notable achievements of the Golden Age of Dutch exploration and discovery (c. 1590s–1720s).

Using single-lensed microscopes of his own design, van Leeuwenhoek was the first to experiment with microbes, which he originally referred to as animalcules (from Latin animalculum = "tiny animal"). Through his experiments, he was the first to relatively determine their size. Most of the "animalcules" are now referred to as unicellular organisms, although he observed multicellular organisms in pond water. He was also the first to document microscopic observations of muscle fibers, bacteria, spermatozoa, red blood cells, crystals in gouty tophi, and blood flow in capillaries. Van Leeuwenhoek did not write any books; his discoveries came to light through correspondence with the Royal Society, which published his letters.



Antonie Philips van Leeuwenhoek FRS (24 October 1632 – 26 August 1723) was a Dutch businessman and scientist in the Golden Age of Dutch science and technology. A largely self-taught man in science, he is commonly known as "the Father of Microbiology", and one of the first microscopists and microbiologists. Van Leeuwenhoek is best known for his pioneering work in microscopy and for his contributions toward the establishment of microbiology as a scientific discipline.

Raised in Delft, Dutch Republic, van Leeuwenhoek worked as a draper in his youth and founded his own shop in 1654. He became well recognized in municipal politics and developed an interest in lensmaking. In the 1670s, he started to explore microbial life with his microscope. This was one of the notable achievements of the Golden Age of Dutch exploration and discovery (c. 1590s–1720s).

Using single-lensed microscopes of his own design, van Leeuwenhoek was the first to experiment with microbes, which he originally referred to as dierkens, diertgens or diertjes (Dutch for "small animals" [translated into English as animalcules, from Latin animalculum = "tiny animal"]). Through his experiments, he was the first to relatively determine their size. Most of the "animalcules" are now referred to as unicellular organisms, although he observed multicellular organisms in pond water. He was also the first to document microscopic observations of muscle fibers, bacteria, spermatozoa, red blood cells, crystals in gouty tophi, and blood flow in capillaries. Although van Leeuwenhoek did not write any books, his discoveries came to light through correspondence with the Royal Society, which published his letters.

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Antonie van Leeuwenhoek's Timeline

1632
October 24, 1632
Delft, Zuid-Holland, Nederland (Netherlands)
1656
September 22, 1656
Delft, Delft, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
September 24, 1656
Delft, Delft, South Holland, The Netherlands
1658
1658
1664
1664
1723
August 26, 1723
Age 90
Delft, Zuid-Holland, Nederland (Netherlands)
August 31, 1723
Age 90
de Oude Kerk, Delft, Zuid-Holland, Nederland (Netherlands)
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