Bulletin of the British Society for the History of Science

Research Article

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

Dr Maria Roosebooma1

a1 Director of the Museum of the History of Science at Leiden

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.