NOV 16, 2017 11:18 AM PST

How Microscopes Work

WRITTEN BY: Sarah Hertrich

Anton van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723) was the first person to make and use a real microscope. He was able to utilize 550 different lenses in order to produce a lens tube that could view objects that were one millionth of a meter, or 270X magnification.

Without all of the progress that has been made in the field of microscopy since Leeuwenhoek, we wouldn't even know that these tiny organisms unable to be seen by the naked eye even exist. Advancements in microscopy continue to be made every day to help us better understand microorganisms and how they affect our everyday lives.
About the Author
  • I am a postdoctoral researcher with interests in pre-harvest microbial food safety, nonthermal food processing technologies, zoonotic pathogens, and plant-microbe interactions. My current research projects involve the optimization of novel food processing technologies to reduce the number of foodborne pathogens on fresh produce. I am a food geek!
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