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Microscope

Originating in the 15th century, microscopes revealed the microscopic world. These instruments played such an important role in helping to explain the relationship between microorganisms and disease that they became symbols of scientific medicine. The earliest microscopes used a single lens. Attempts to improve the microscope led to designs using multiple lenses, however early compound designs were empirical efforts. In 1830, Joseph Jackson Lister, an English microscopist, developed a theory that provided the basis for rationale lens design. By 1880, progress in the design of lenses enabled light microscopes to reach their full theoretical resolving power.

The firm of E. Leitz manufactured this instrument. Used in both in Europe and the United States, it was donated to the Stetten Museum by Dr. Freddy Homburger, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Microscope
Microscope

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