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Antony van Leeuwenhoek
1632 - 1723
Delft, the Dutch Republic
Portrait by Jan Verkolje
What you will find here
The life of Anthony van Leeuwenhoek, cloth merchant and civil servant, citizen of Delft. Portraits of him. His homes and his legacy as well as a timeline of events in his life.
Over six hundred documented events in the history of Delft and the life of Leeuwenhoek and his family, starting in 1246.
Delft in Holland
The Curious Observer
Leeuwenhoek wrote about the day he made a startling and unexpected discovery:
In the year 1675, about half-way through September ..., I discovered living creatures in rain, which had stood but a few days in a new tub, that was painted blue within.
This observation provoked me to investigate this water more narrowly; and especially because these little animals were, to my eye, more than ten thousand times smaller than the little animal which Swammerdam has portrayed.
"Living creatures in rain water"? "Ten thousand times smaller"? They had always been there, but no human had ever seen them until that September day almost three hundred and fifty years ago.
- Who was this man with this chatty writing style about tiny animals?
- How did he manage to stumble onto this Eden, where he was Adam, surrounded by animals with no names?
- Why do we remember Antony van Leeuwenhoek today?
- What can he teach us about how to explore our own worlds?
What do you do when you see things that no one has ever seen before?
Wat doe je als je dingen ziet dat niemand ooit heeft gezien?
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Call for nominations
A prestigious medal initiated by the Royal
Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1877
and transferred to the Royal Netherlands Society of
Microbiology in 2013.
The medal is awarded to a scientist for his / her
excellent, high impact, highly relevant microbiology
research during the last 10-12 years.
Deadline for nominations June 10th 2014