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Antonie van Leeuwenhoek
(1632-1723) born on
Oct 24
Dutch biologist. He pioneered lens-grinding and microscopy; discovered protozoa; described bacteria, 1683; studied capillary circulation.
         
   
F
M]y work, which I've done for a long time, was not pursued in order to gain the praise I now enjoy, but chiefly from a craving after knowledge, which I notice resides in me more than in most other men.

R
A man has always to be busy with his thoughts if anything is to be accomplished.
A
In the year of 1657 I discovered very small living creatures in rain water.
N
[W]henever I found out anything remarkable, I have thought it my duty to put down my discovery on paper, so that all ingenious people might be informed thereof.
K
I've spent more time than many will believe [making microscopic observations], but I've done them with joy, and I've taken no notice those who have said why take so much trouble and what good is it?
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Letter, 12 Jun 1716.
R: In "Familiar Medical Quotations," by Maurice B. Strauss, 1968.
A: In "Isaac Asimov's Book of Science and Nature Quotations," by Jason Shulman & Isaac Asimov, 1988.
N: Letter, 12 Jun 1716.
K: In "Isaac Asimov's Book of Science and Nature Quotations," by Jason Shulman & Isaac Asimov, 1988.
   


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