Lynn Allan
The first usable microscope was created in the Netherlands around the year 1590. Two eyeglass makers, Zacharias and Hans Janssen invented the first microsghkuuuutymnmope. While experimenting, the father and son, discovered that when combining several lenses and tube nearby objects can be enlarged.

The microscope sparked the interest of many scientists throughout Europe. The invention of the microscope lead to many new discoveries in the field of biology. It brought about a better understanding of human anatomy and medicine.

One of the first microscopic scale images was drawn in the year 1630 by Francesco Stelluti. He chose a bee as his subject and discovered that it had compound eyes.This was quite remarkable for the time period, and helped in establishing an interest in the anatomy and study of organisms. By using an early microscope Robert Hooke was able to discover cells using a piece of cork in 1663.

The invention of the microscope also sparked innovations in medicine and hygiene. Doctors and scientists alike became fascinated with how the human body works and with what makes people ill. The microscope was used to study blood circulation and bacteria. In 1674, Anton Van Leeuwenhoek discovered microbes in water; unfortunately this discovery was not accepted at the time.

The invention of the microscope was very important to the Renaissance period. It lead to curiosity about human anatomy, organisms and disease and bacteria. It was a large factor in the shift away from the belief that everything is controlled by God. It opened the door to new understanding.

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Zacharias Jannen

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Drawing of an Early Microscope