- from Cells
750L - 890L
Around 1590, Dutch lens makers Hans and Zacharias Janssen made the first microscope. They did that by putting two glass lenses in a tube.
About 60 years later, English scientist Robert Hooke used a similar device to study cork from a tree. He saw what looked like empty compartments in the magnified cork and called them cells. The name stuck. But our view of cells has changed a lot.