Cell Theory Historic Timeline

Events

Hans and Zacharias Janssen (Dutch)

1590

Zacharias Janssen, with the help of his father, Hans Janssen, created they very first compound microscope around 1590. (History-of-the-microscope.org, n.d.) This instrument was crucial to the development of the cell theory because this allowed scientists to view cells under high magnification.

Robert Hooke (English)

1665

• On 1665, Robert Hooke published Microphagia where he discussed the experiments he made using a microscope and coined the term “cell” (Biography.com Editors, 2015), which is why he has been attributed to starting the cell theory.

Anton van Leeuwenhoek (Dutch)

1674

Matthias Schleiden (German)

1838

Theodor Schwann (German)

1839

Rudolph Virchow (German)

1855