Timeline of microscope technology
* 1590 - Dutch spectacle-makers, Hans Janssen and his son Zacharias
Janssen, claimed by later writers (Pierre Borel 1620 - 1671 or 1628 -
1689 and Willem Boreel 1591 - 1668) to have invented a compound
microscope, but this is disputed.
* 1609 - Galileo Galilei develops an occhiolino or compound microscope
with a convex and a concave lens.
* 1612 - Galileo presents occhiolino to Polish king Sigismund III.
* 1619 - Cornelius Drebbel (1572 - 1633) presents, in London, a compound
microscope with two convex lenses.
* c.1622 - Drebbel presents his invention in Rome.
* 1624 - Galileo presents his occhiolino to Prince Federico Cesi, founder
of the Accademia dei Lincei (in English, The Linceans).
* 1625 - Giovanni Faber of Bamberg (1574 - 1629) of the Linceans coins
the word microscope by analogy with telescope.
* 1665 - Robert Hooke publishes Micrographia, a collection of biological
micrographs. He coins the word cell for the structures he discovers in
* 1674 - Anton van Leeuwenhoek invents the simple microscope.
* 1931 - Ernst Ruska builds the first electron microscope.
* 1981 - Gerd Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer develops the scanning tunneling