Martin Lister

Birth or Baptism date: 
April 12, 1639
Death or Burial date: 
February 2, 1712

Lister was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1671. He went on to publish 87 articles, second to Leeuwenhoek's 122 and just exceeding Edmond Halley's 81. The next closest was Robert Boyle, but he had only 58. After that the totals for individual authors taper off.

As recorded in Birch's History, while Lister was an officer of the Royal Society in the mid-1680's, he often commented after Leeuwenhoek's letters were read at a weekly meeting.

In 1699, Leeuwenhoek wrote a letter defending his ideas about generation and reproduction of sperm against Lister.

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