Homage to Robert Hooke (1635–1703): New Insights from the Recently Discovered Hooke Folio

  title={Homage to Robert Hooke (1635–1703): New Insights from the Recently Discovered Hooke Folio},
  author={Howard Gest},
  journal={Perspectives in Biology and Medicine},
  pages={392 - 399}
  • H. Gest
  • Published 14 August 2009
  • History
  • Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
Microorganisms were first observed by Robert Hooke and Antoni van Leeuwenhoek between 1665 and 1678. In 1665, Hooke published Micrographia, which depicted the details of 60 objects as seen in the microscope. One chapter was devoted to the microfungus Mucor, the first microbe observed by the human eye. Leeuwenhoek, despite having no scientific training, became the first to observe protozoa, red blood cells, the sperm cells of animals, and bacteria, which he described in numerous letters to the… 

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