Reference numberEL/L3/6a
TitlePart of a letter from Antoni van Leeuwenhoek to the Royal Society
CreatorLeeuwenhoek; Antoni van (1632-1723); Dutch tradesman and scientist
Date9 June 1699
DescriptionQuotes from Dalenpatius's 'Nouvelles de la Republique des lettres' in which spermatozoa are described as having the shape of the human body. Leeuwenhoek disputes this with various arguments.
Leeuwenhoek discovered spermatozoa in 1677. This letter no longer exists but a transcription and translation of observations of the discovery of living spermatozoids is printed in 'Alle de brieven van Antoni van Leeuwenhoek', vol 2, p 277 and 'Philosophical Transactions', vol 12, no 142, p 1040.
Read to the Royal Society on 28 June 1699
Extent4 sides
Access statusOpen
Related materialEnglish translation see EL/L3/7
Transcribed in JBO/10/134
Transcribed and translated in 'Alle de brieven van Antoni van Leeuwenhoek', edited, illustrated and annotated by Committee of Dutch Scientists, vol 12, p 293
English translation see 'Philosophical Transactions', vol 21, no 255, p 301
URL descriptionAlso available on Early Modern Letters Online
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NA8438Leeuwenhoek; Antoni van (1632 - 1723); naturalist1632 - 1723
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