Historic Events in Cell Biology and Cell Theory

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Viktor Svensson

Biology IB SL

Ms. Bajin

30th August 2008

Historic Events in Cell Biology and Cell Theory

The study of cells and cell theory draws us back all the way to the 1600s. However, with the confines of the individual eye, much of the premature biological research concentrated on mounting tools to help us observe miniature things. As this technology became more and more sophisticated, biological findings proliferated. Towards the 1800s, with some minor findings and studies in the records, scientists were able to generate the cell theory. The cell theory eloquently states that cells are the basic structure of all living things. This theory along with other cell findings from the mid 1600s to the late 1800s have played a foremost important role in the study of life in the world today.

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Sacharias Jansen was a Dutch man credited for inventing the compound microscope or parts of the first microscope. Even though many of the facts about who invented the microscope are very debatable, it is for certain that Sacharias Jansen contributed, along wit his father in the making of the first microscope.


The early invention of the microscope in 1955 by Robert Hooke allowed the first cell to be seen. This discovery was a big step forwards in the world of cells. The English physicist and microscopist coined the term “cell” to describe what the basic unit of ...

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