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Leeuwenhoek, the Man: A Son of his Nation and his Time

  • Maria Rooseboom (a1)

Much, has been written on Leeuwenhoek. It is with diffidence that I undertook to speak to-night on this subject in the country of Dobell and Cole, who have contributed so much to the knowledge and understanding of this great microscopist. Yet, though Leeuwenhoek's letters, written quite frankly like Pepys' diary, contain a self portrait more captivating than most autobiographies written for the purpose, the image deduced from them by most authors leaves me somewhat dissatisfied.

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1) P. J. Haaxman, Antony van Leeuwenhoek, De ontdekker der Infusoriēn, 1675–1875. —Leiden 1875.

Cl. Dobell, Antony van Leeuwenhoek and his “Little Animals”.—1932.

A. Schierbeek, Leven en werken van Antony van Leeuwenhoek.—Ned. Tijdschr. v. Geneeskunde 76, 1932.

2) Three volumes of this complete edition have now been published (Amsterdam 1939, 1941, 1948).

4) Beydals, P., Twee testameaten van Antoni van Leeuwenhoek.—Nederl. Tijdschr. v. Geneeskunde, 77, 1933, pp. 10211033.

5) Letter of May 4th, 1679.—Oeuvres complètes de Christiaan Huygens VIII, p. 159.

6) I. van Diemerbroeck, Opera Omnia II, 1685.

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