The Whipple Museum of the History of Science

The Whipple Museum of the History of Science in Cambridge, England  houses a collection of  “...scientific instruments, apparatus, models, pictures, prints, photographs, books and other material related to the history of science.” It was initiated when the University of Cambridge received a donation of instruments and books by Robert Stewart Whipple in 1944. One of the collections consists of microscopes, and in this collecton are two replicas of Leeuwenhoek microscopes:

Antoni van Leeuwenhoek made a vast number of microscopes during his lifetime; 248 were sold at auction in 1747, but only 10 are thought to have survived. The microscopes themselves have a single lens and are very difficult to use, as was noted during Leeuwenhoek’s lifetime. The Whipple Museum has two 19th-century reproductions by John Mayall.

Read the complete article on the replicas and view a brief Leeuwenhoek biography at the Whipple Museum Explore site.

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