Reference numberEL/L3/7
TitlePartial translation of a letter from Antoni van Leeuwenhoek to the Royal Society
CreatorLeeuwenhoek; Antoni van (1632-1723); Dutch tradesman and scientist
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.
Extent10 sides
Access statusOpen
Related materialOriginal is EL/L3/6a
URL descriptionAlso available on Early Modern Letters Online
Fellows associated with this archive
NA8438Leeuwenhoek; Antoni van (1632 - 1723); naturalist1632 - 1723
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