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Image number: RS.9609
Credit: © The Royal Society
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Microscopic views of duckweed and microorganisms

Date

1702

Creator

Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723, Dutch), Microscopist

Object type

Archive reference number

Material

Dimensions

height (drawing): 154mm
width (drawing): 178mm

Subject

Physics
   > Optics
      > Microscopy
Biology
   > Microbiology

Description

Leeuwenhoek’s observations of duckweed and the freshwater microorganisms (‘animalcules’) attached to it; including ciliates, vorticellids, rotifera (fig 3) and the budding of hydra (fig 4). Illustrations accompanying a letter from Antoni van Leeuwenhoek to the Royal Society, 25 December 1702.

Associated place

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      > Netherlands