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Through which microscope were cells first observed?

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Alex Archibald

Hello, can someone help me. Through which microscopes were cells first observed, and when did this happen? Thank you :) 

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Mark Henderson
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Hi Alex! The answer is an early version of the compound microscope (and while it's made a lot of technical advances, scientists are still using the compound microscope in labs today!

For a bit of history, in 1667, an English natural scientist named Robert Hooke published Micrographia, a famous book containing intricate drawings of hundreds of specimens he observed, including distinct sections within the branch of a herbaceous plant. 

Hooke called those sections cells, because they reminded him of cells in the monastery.

Today, Robert Hooke is known as the Father of Cellular biology, because of his discovery. All thanks to the help of his trusty compound microscope. 

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