Past Microbiological Discoveries
The Historical Discoveries of Past Microbiology
Microbiology can be said to have started in the 1660s with Robert Hooke and the invention of the Microscope. Several years later came 'Micrographia', the published discovery of the 'microscopic' or 'micro' world. The name 'cell, first coined by Hooke, was a reference to the 'blcok-like' confinement arrangment of the units in plant leaves at the micoscopic level. The name still sticks to this day. Below is a picture of some of Hooke's microscopes.
Other Europeans, such as Malpighi and Leeuwenhoek studied the presence of cellular tissues from animals and plants under Hooke's micrsoscopes. Leeuwenhoek actually became the first person to discover the presence of bacteria in the natuarl world whilst looking at a raindrop carefully under a microscope, noticing the presence of tiny, swimming, eel-like creatures. Below is a picture of what it might have looked like for Leeuwenhoek when he first observed this discovery.
Soon aftwerward, these small creature worlds were discovered to be a source of many of the diseases we are infected with in time. Edward Jenner, and English man, was credited with the discovery of vaccination
, as he somewhat unscrupulously injected a local ranch hand with the small pox virus in a small quantity, thereby finding a cure to the contagion of viruses
. Below is a picture of Mr. Jenner.
Although this brief encapsulation does little to cover the richness of microbiological history, it certainly gives one an idea of what's going on in this world. For further reading, continue on to the next section of present developments