How was the cell discovered? The discovery of the cell was credited to a microscopist, Robert Hooke. He attempted to ask a simple question as to why cork stopper ( which were made from the wood of a tree) that were used to bottle toppers was suitable to maintain air in the bottle. He took a sample of the cork and examined it under a microscope which revealed that it contained pores. In his assessment he compared the porous material to that of the structure of a honeycomb and thus named the pores “cells” due to their memory of the cells that monks lived in the monastery. Hooke was also able to further his findings when he noted that the cork cells which as we know it today are plant cell, they had cell walls. This revelation about cells led to the further discovery of microscopic organisms such as bacteria by Leeuwenhoek. His findings were confirmed by Robert Hooke in 1678.
Image 25 of Robert Hook and the discovery of cells from a cork stopper.
Following the discovery of the cell that is the basic unit that is characteristic of all life. A botanist by the name Robert Brown observed the plant cell and noted the presence of the nucleus. Following the publication of Brown’s findings another botanists, Matthias Schleiden proposed the ideas that cells made the basis of plants and that the nucleus was an important part of the functionality of the cell. Then later on Theoder Schwann a biologist related the ideas of Schleiden to animals. In that both plants and animals were made of cells and they both had the nucleus present.
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