image 10-1098-rstl-1699-0054_0001
Image number: RS.18858
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Spermatozoon

Date

1699

Creator

Unknown, Engraver

Creator - Organisation

The Royal Society, Publisher

Object type

Article identifier

Material

Technique

Subject

Biology
   > Anatomy
Biology
   > Natural history
Physics
   > Optics
      > Microscopy

Description

Three specimens of human spermatozoon as observed through a microscope by Antoni van Leeuwenhoek.

Illustrations to ‘Part of a letter from Mr. Leuvenhook, dated June 9th. 1699. concerning the animalcula in semine humano, &c’ in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, vol. 21, issue 255 (August 1699). In this article, Leeuwenhoek notes that the middle and bottom figures resemble the human form: ‘the shape of a Human Body so exactly, so that they lay straight extended, with their hands upon the Abdomen, and the Two Legs Straight out by one an other’.

Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723) Dutch microscopist, elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1680.

Associated place

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      > Netherlands
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      > United Kingdom