Who Was Anton Van Leeuwenhoek


Why This Post

This post is about part of the biography of someone important in history, maybe this kind of post I will post from time to time in order to inspire us in our online projects, to realize that great things can be achieved with passion and proper dedication, who was Anton Van Leeuwenhoek? stay to know.



Anton Van Leeuwenhoek

He was a Dutchman of infinite curiosity and constancy in his admirable work that accompanied him until his death; he was born in Holland, in Delft, to a family with a long tradition of manufacturers of baskets and beer.

He could talk about various stages of his life, but the one who is talking about him in a post about internet business, is with the aim of highlighting the characteristics that made him shine and pass the story so I will focus on some things that we must adapt to some extent in the world of online business.

To Anton Leeuwenhoek, an incredible curiosity was born to see things with lenses in his time, he saw how they could be seen in greater size with which he focused his lenses, his curiosity was so high that he began to manufacture his own lenses, to the metal structure where to mount his lenses did nothing but learn how to do it was with people who knew how to convert minerals into liquid and then transform them into frames and support structures for their lenses, he learned all this with the aim of continuing to see for his glasses.

The lenses themselves were refined over and over again, the new ones were better than the previous ones, for his lenses he was observing the most varied things, from portholes obtained in a butcher shop, muscle fibers of whales, scales of his own skin, beaver and hare beaver hairs, fly heads, woodcuts of different species of trees and all this observation spent hours and hours.

The residents of the town looked at him like crazy, for his sick attitude of spending so much time perfecting glasses and seeing any number of things for them, however he remained faithful to his motivation, and did not care what the neighbors thought or said, there was an internal force that drove him to continue, an excitement to continue knowing the world, through those lenses.

The Royal Society Of England

At that time there was a group of sages of the time called The Royal Society of England, which included such figures as Regnier de Graaf, who was a member of this group for his studies on the human ovary.

Regnier de Graaf lives in Delft in the same geographic area as Leeuwenhoek, and while other Leeuwenhoek neighbors laughed at him and his microscopes, Regnier viewed him with more respect.

Anton Van Leeuwenhoek agreed to allow Regnier to see through his glasses, and surprised by the degree of perfection of his creation and with the clarity with which he could see through them, he communicated this to The Royal Society of England of which he was a part, invited to the members of the Royal Society of England to write to Antonio Van Leeuwenhoek, so that he could tell them about his discoveries by means of letters.

And so it was that Leeuwenhoek was sharing his observations through his microscopes.


Microbes First Seen

Leeuwenhoek continued to perfect his instruments and his curiosity was still uncontrollable, one day he put a drop of water in one of his microscopes and through it he saw some animals never before seen by any other human being on earth, astonished to send for his daughter that he was out there so he could see what his eyes were seeing.

He was making history, Leeuwenhoek had seen what no one had seen in the world up to that point, not even the members of The Royal Society of England had managed to see what Leeuwenhoek, at least until that moment, a new world loomed at the Leeuwenhoek’s eyes was something exciting, exciting, incredible.

Leeuwenhoek instead of communicating his discovery immediately to The Royal Society of England, he started observing different samples of water like crazy, he observed rainwater draining from his roof, rainwater collected in a clean container, he could see different types of animals in different samples but where it was not found was in the rainwater sample that was collected in a clean container. I keep the samples of clean water and he continued to observe them for hours and hours, day after day, and on the fourth day he saw how little animals appeared along with dust particles, he followed his observations in different types of water, dirty water, water from the well in his garden etc.

Later in one of his varied observations he was able to develop a culture medium using pepper, and it was then that he decided to share these new discoveries with The Royal Society of England.

And Anton Van Leeuwenhoek wrote what he had discovered to The Royal Society of England, only a few of this society believed him, so they asked him to send instructions on how he built his microscopes and what was the method of observation,

Leeuwenhoek, refused to send instructions on how to build his microscope because he was offended that they did not believe him, instead he sent certificates of prominent citizens of Delft, where it was corroborated where these citizens had seen with their own eyes and through Leeuwenhoek’s microscopes to these tiny little animals.

So The Royal Society of England commissioned Robert Hooke and Nehemiah Grew to build microscopes but in the best possible way the best that could build and use pepper as a culture medium and in 1677 Hooke came to the meeting of the Royal Society of England with the microscope and the culture medium, the members got together under the microscope and they could not believe what their eyes saw, it was true there were animals there, it was true and now nobody doubted Leeuwenhoek. (It should be emphasized here that the microscope Hooke brought to the meeting at the time was not of the quality of the Leeuwenhoek microscopes and the microbes did not look as clear or sharp as with the Leeuwenhoek microscopes, but it was sufficient to corroborate that everything was true).

The Royal Society appointed Leeuwenhoek an individual by number and sent him a beautiful membership diploma in a silver box with the emblems of the society.

And Leeuwenhoek made history and after that he continued working until the end of his days with the same passion and curiosity as always.


The features that helped Leeuwenhoek make a mark on history were: he spent a lot of time on his passion; he spent until dusk on his adventures with the microscopic world.

Another characteristic is that he had a passion to clarify the mysteries of nature that moved him forward, constantly and faithfully.

Also, many people at first criticized him they saw him as a strange and crazy person, who did things that did not make sense, but he did not care and he followed his passion and became one of those characters who changed the course of history.

So the goal of this post is to try to make it work as an inspiration to incorporate a lot of time and dedication into our online projects as well as a passion so great that we are not stopped by obstacles or criticism from anyone.

I hope my post helped you a little.





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