9 December 2015 Issue 40

Recording Three Leeuwenhoek Microscopes

Details of three new examples of Leeuwenhoek microscopes

Centuries after being lost, new Leeuwenhoek microscopes are appearing. The author has identified two new examples in the space of a year. During a prolific lifetime between 1632 and 1723 the pioneering Dutch investigator Antony van Leeuwenhoek is believed to have constructed at least 500 single-lens microscopes. He did not commence his microscopical researches until he was 40, yet went on to devote half a century to developing our science of microscopy. In this article the 

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Brian J Ford

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