Hooke's compound microscope, 1665-1675.
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actual image size: 32cm x 26cm

Hooke's compound microscope, 1665-1675.

Richardson, Claire

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


A modern (2000) reconstruction of Robert Hooke's (1635-1703) compound microscope (left), copied from the engraving and description in his book 'Micrographia' (1665), the first important work on microscopy. Beside it is a reconstruction of the illuminating system, developed in 1675, which Hooke used to light specimens; an oil lamp and a globe that would have been filled with liquid. Hooke used his pioneering compound microscope, with its two lens systems, to examine a flea, a piece of cork and many other specimens.



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