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Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Google Doodle

Antoni van Leeuwenhoek is the Father of Microbiology, but his work did not stop at microbiology. H discovered sperm cells, blood cells, and much more

Antoni van Leeuwenhoek stimulates the Search Engine Google to show this animated Doodle in many Countries because of his 384th Birthday. Antoni van Leeuwenhoek is a Dutch tradesman and scientist. He is commonly known as “the Father of Microbiology”, and considered to be the first microbiologist. He is best known for his work on the improvement of the microscope and for his contributions towards the establishment of microbiology. Antony van Leeuwenhoek was an unlikely scientist.

A tradesman of Delft, Holland, he came from a family of tradesmen, had no fortune, received no higher education or university degrees, and knew no languages other than his native Dutch. This would have been enough to exclude him from the scientific community of his time completely. Yet with skill, diligence, an endless curiosity, and an open mind free of the scientific dogma of his day, Leeuwenhoek succeeded in making some of the most important discoveries in the history of biology. It was he who discovered bacteria, free-living and parasitic microscopic protists, sperm cells, blood cells, and much more. His research endeavors, which were widely circulated, opened up an entire world of microscopic life to the awareness of scientists. Van Leeuwenhoek did not author any books; his discoveries came to light through correspondence with the Royal Society, which published his letters. This is why everything must be defined in terms of time and space. Imagine any scientist today with  no formal publications in standard journals. It is important to note that books that deal with scientific topics are not original scientific research. Authors of these books use original research articles to write books in a language more comprehensible to a much larger audience. So, even if Van Leeuwenhoek had written books, that would not have been a measure of his scientific achievements today. Fortunately, publications of scientific discoveries have evolved with the development of communications. Back to Van Leeuwenhoek: the field of biological sciences owes a lot to him! Read more about Van L

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