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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Anton van Leeuwenhoek The "Father of Microbiology" Explanation of Contribution Historical Events Scientific Contribution ... ... Biographical Information In 1654, he returned to Delft, married a woman named Barbara del Mey, and borefive children. There in his hometown, he bought a house and maintained a business as a draper. In 1660, he began to grindlenses for simple microscopes, and 1680 was elected as a fellow in the Royal Society. Along with the microscopes he sent to the Royal Society, van Leeuwenhoek created over 247 complete microscopes. Because of is insatiable curiosity, he examined everything he could with his microscopes (this includes over 200 biological species and mineral objects). van Leeuwenhoek experienced informal schooling and education during his childhood in Delft, but his curriculum did include mathematics and physical sciences. At the young ageof 16, Leeuwenhoek was sent to Amsterdam to become an apprentice at a linedraper's shop. He remained there for six years. The occupation that van Leeuwenhoek pursued for the majority of his life was microscopy. He created his own microscopes. During his careers as a microscopist, he discovered many organisms and species of different creatures such asbacteria, protozoa, spermatozoa, rotifers, and the process of parthenogenesis. Anton van Leeuwenhoek was born on October 24, 1632 in the town of Delft, Netherlands. He recorded his observations and identified many of the organisms he studied, including very detailed descriptions of his discoveries. He first examined RBCs (red blood cells) in 1674; his descriptions of RBCs were more understandable and precise than his other fellow scientists (some of which include Jan Swammerdam and Marcello Malpighi). He discovered the lymphatic capillaries in 1683, saying that he observed "a white fluid, like milk." And in 1677, he examined fresh semen, making him the first individual in history to observe living spermatozoa. He was also an avid anatomist and was an early pioneer in microdissection (which he pursued on insects). His observations started in 1674 by examining the lake water near his hometown, Delft. He, among many other scientists of the century, had partaken a movement that featured microscopic life and several theories revolving around it. Environmental microbiology research was revolutionizing in the early 1670s and late 1690s, and Anton von Leeuwenhoek was a great contributor to this era's knowledge of biology.
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