from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Leeuwenhoek, Anton van 1632-1723. Dutch microscopy pioneer and naturalist who formulated early descriptions of bacteria and spermatozoa.

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  • n. Dutch pioneer microscopist who was among the first to recognize cells in animals and who gave the first accurate descriptions of microbes and spermatozoa and blood corpuscles (1632-1723)


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  • The exhibition visits six places: a domestic interior in 1683 Delft, depicting Dutch society's obsessive cleanliness coinciding with Antonie van Leeuwenhoek's discovery of microscopic "little animals"—bacteria.

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  • Ever since Antonie van Leeuwenhoek demonstrated the appearance of animalcules* in cultures made with previously dry dust more than 300 years ago, biologists have been getting kicks out of pushing the limits of the survivability of dried animals and plant seeds.

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  • Leeuwenhoek, who invented the microscope (I decided he was).

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  • Until of course Pasteur, Leeuwenhoek, et al did indeed prove that yes, living beings invisible to the naked eye do make people sick.

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  • His "Anton machine," named for the inventive early scientist Anton van Leeuwenhoek, creates simulations of protein development and operates at astounding computational rates, executing certain aspects of molecular dynamics "at an effective peak speed of more than 650 trillion operations per second."

    The Lessons Of Living Things

  • The father of modern micrography was Dutch biologist Anton van Leeuwenhoek.

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  • When Leeuwenhoek had looked at his own feces, he had seen a protozoan now called Giardia lamblia, which had made him sick in the first place.

    Parasite Rex

  • His name was Anton van Leeuwenhoek, and although in his day he was never considered anything more than an amateur, he was the first person to lay eyes on bacteria, to see cells.

    Parasite Rex

  • This was almost 200 years after Leeuwenhoek discovered bacteria.

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  • Van Leeuwenhoek would pass around his new microscopes like they were party favors.

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