Hooke's drawing of a human louse

Hooke's drawing of a human louse

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Caption: Human louse clinging to a hair, drawn by English scientist Robert Hooke (1635-1703) and published in 'Micrographia' (1665). Hooke was curator of experiments at the Royal Microscopical Society of London, which was founded in 1660. He used a compound microscope to view a wide range of specimens, then drew and published the results of his remarkably detailed observations. Some of the illustrations in 'Micrographia' were supposedly drawn by Christopher Wren, the architect. Hooke is best remembered for his discovery of the fundamental unit of life, the cell, based on his observations of a section of cork.

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