Anton van Leeuwenhoek is most known for being “The Father Of Microbiology” (microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms), but was also a business man.  He was born in 1632 in The Dutch Republic.  He worked as a draper (a person who sells cloth) throughout his childhood.  In 1654 he opened his own fabric shop.  Unlike most scientists he did not go to college, however, he handmade microscopes in order to observe microorganisms.  He was influenced by Robert Hooke, who was a philosopher.  Anton van Leeuwenhoek first discovered microorganisms in a drop of water he had collected from a lake.  Because of his extensive contribution of knowledge and understanding of bacteria, scientists today improve crop production, disease treatments, water quality and many other things.  He is my favorite person this week because around a year ago I went to a museum and saw objects under microscopes. I really thought it was cool because you wouldn’t know anything was there with your naked eye, but microscopes help you see little things that can have a big impact.

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