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Microscopy History

American Artifacts: Scientific, Medical and Mechanical Antiques - An online auction that features a nice catalog where each item is described—complete with a page on the history and photos. Many unusual and old microscopes are offered for sale.

ARS Machina.com - A well-conceived website dedicated to the "art of the machine". The site features photographs and information about antique microscopes and their makers. Also included is a gallery of selected photomicrographs made with the antique microscopes. Many of the microscopes described are available for sale.

Brian J. Ford's History of the Microscope - An introduction to the history of the microscope with special emphasis on Leeuwenhoek's specimens and microscopes.

Gemmary's Antique Scientific Instrument Forum and Rare Books - A bulletin board for information on antique scientific instruments. This is a very nice website, but the background makes the text difficult to read.

The Golub Collection - A selection of historically significant antique microscopes from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries generously donated to the University of California, Berkeley by Orville J. Golub and his wife Ellina Marx Golub. The collection is now being curated by Dr. Steven E. Ruzin, director of the Biological Imaging Facility at Berkeley.

Robert Hooke (1635-1703) - A biography of the British scientist Robert Hooke is presented by the University of California (Berkeley) Museum of Paleontology.

Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723) - Another biography from the University of California (Berkeley) Museum of Paleontology. This site reviews a short history of the famous seventeenth-century Dutch microscopist.

Leeuwenhoek Microscope Replicas - Microscopist and scientific instrument maker Al Shinn presents detailed "do-it-yourself" instructions on the construction of the Leeuwenhoek microscope. For those who are not mechanically inclined, Shinn also sells very nice completely assembled replicas of these famous microscopes.

Museum of History and Science - The Museum of the History of Science houses an unrivalled collection of historic scientific instruments in the world's oldest surviving purpose-built museum building, the Old Ashmolean on Broad Street, Oxford. A large number of microscopes and related scientific instruments are part of the collection.

Museum of Optical Instruments - A German website dedicated to the history of scientific instrumentation, which contains a thorough section reviewing optical microscopy. Included are a nice collection of photographs featuring the microscopes as well as information about their makers and history.

Museum of Microscopy - An abbreviated history of the microscope including over 80 three-dimensional models of ancient microscopes rendered in 3-D Studio Max. The site includes a free Windows screen saver featuring many of the microscope models.

Online Microscopes - Moody Medical Library's collection of historical microscopes. Presented by the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas.

Taking a Photomicrograph in 1904 - A detailed treatise on photomicrography at the turn of the century. Brought to you by the scientists at Microscopy UK.

The Ultraphot Shop - Built and maintained by renowned photomicrographer Spike (M. I.) Walker, the Ultraphot Shop was built to raise the profile of the magnificent Zeiss Ultraphot microscope series. Topics covered include the history and general description of the microscopes, accessories, aftermarket additions, basic maintenance, and servicing.

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