They put several lenses in a tube and made a very important discovery - the object near the end of the tube appeared to be greatly enlarged, much larger than any simple magnifying glass could achieve by itself.
Robert was born on the Isle of Wight. He was the youngest of four kids, and his father and brothers were ministers of the church.
When Robert's father died, he left him enough money to get started in an apprenticeship. Robert studied under Samuel Cowper and Peter Lely.
Robert and Boyle
Robert went to work for several years with Robert Boyle.
1657 - 1658
Robert worked to improve the pendulum but gave up on his ideas. They were later used by future researchers.
Discovery of Microscopy
He discovered the "cell" through the use of microscopy, or the microscope.