Microscopy / Microscopes

2019 Michigan Microscopy and Microanalysis Society Meeting

Rankin attended the 2019 Michigan Microscopy and Microanalysis Society (MMMS) Meeting held at Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing, MI on October 31, 2019.

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The Latest in Microscopy

As histologists, you should be familiar with the light microscope. It is generally accepted that in 1674, Anthony van Leeuwenhoek invented the modern light microscope. Though Robert Hooke hand-shaved thin slices of cork to view under a magnifying glass in 1665 (hence the coining of the word “cell”), van Leeuwenhoek perfected the art of grinding and matching lenses. His lenses allowed the visualization of individual cells and bacteria in water droplets, which he called “animalcules”. Van Leeuwenhoek’s optical principles have stood the test of time, and have provided the basis for the light microscopes that we use today. Then, as now, microscopic images are obtained using light that reflects off the object.

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Microscopes

The great grandfather of the modern light microscope is considered to be Anthony van Leeuwenhoek in 1674, a little more than 500 years ago. Even though Robert Hooke hand shaved thin slices of cork to view under a magnifying glass in 1665, and coined the word “cell”, Leeuwenhoek perfected the art of grinding and matching lenses to be able to visualize individual cells and bacteria in water droplets, which he called “animalcules”. Leeuwenhoek’s optical principles have stood the test of time, and have provided the basis for the light microscopes that we use today.

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