Diseases & National Health Programme
The first scientist to observe bacteria and other microscopic organisms was: (DNB June 09)
|A||Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek|
Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek, (1638-1723), made pioneering discoveries regarding protozoa, RBCs, capillary systems, and the life cycles of insects. He then observed what he called animalcules, known today as protozoa and bacteria, in pond water, rainwater, and in human saliva. He is the founder of microbiology. He was the first to discover and describe a variety of very minute organisms, many of which, we now know, were bacteria.