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jan 1, 1679 - Anton Van Leeuwenhoek

Description:

*First person to see microbes using a simple microscope that had 200x magnification

*First observation: "Animalcules"
- 1660's Doctrine of Spontaneous Generation
-Life spontaneously arise from non living material
-"Vital Force": mysterious energy all life depends on

*First person to also see bacteria
-Microbes in rainwater, dental plaque, and feces

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