Cells

Events

H. Janssen invented the first microscope.

1590

Robert Hooke saw cells in cork. First used name 'cells'.

1665

Anton van Leeuwenhoek saw bacteria in tooth plaque.

1676

Matthias Schleiden stated that 'all plants are made of cells'.

1838

Theodor Schwann proposed cell theory.

1839

Rudolf Virchow found that cells were able to reproduce.

1858

Ernst Abbe invented the first modern microscope.

1860

Louis Pasteur found that bacteria caused disease.

1865

Knoll and Ruska made the first electron telescope.

1931

Viruses first seen under microscope.

1942

First successful genetic engineering experiment.

1973

First baby born due to vitro fertilisation.

1978

Further advances in genetic engineering and IVF.

1980