Record

Reference numberMOB/013
LevelItem
TitleAntoni van Leeuwenhoek's specimens
Date1674-1687
DescriptionThree glass slides with teased filaments from dried algae collected by Antoni van Leeuwenhoek.
Fourteen specimens mounted on metal stubs and coated in gold for scanning electron microscope. Housed in a labelled box. Including elder-pith fragment, cork sections and cottonseed, also collected by van Leeuwenhoek.
One envelope, additionally, contains eight packets of dried specimens, previously protected in glass covership but now kept in their paper packets, the packets are numbered 1 - 9 with n.3 omitted, as original packet 3 was empty of content.
The samples were prepared by Brian J. Ford in 1981 to preserve < 30% of the material in uncontaminated conditions out of their original packets.
Written about at length in Brian J Ford's paper, 'The van Leeuwenhoek specimens' Notes and Records, vol 36, no 1, pp 37-59.
ExtentTwenty-five specimens
FormatArtefact
ArrangementPrepared and housed by Brian J Ford in 1981
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Access statusOpen
ProvenanceSent into the Society by van Leeuwenhoek in 1674 [EL/L1/4; EL/L1/9]; 1686 [EL/L2/1] and 1687 [EL/L2/16] respectively; discovered by Brian J Ford in 1981 while studying EL/L1 and EL/L2 at the Royal Society
Related materialDOI: 10.1098/rsnr.1981.0003
Related records in the catalogueEL/L1/9
EL/L1/4
EL/L2/1
EL/L2/16
Fellows associated with this archive
CodeNameDates
NA8438van Leeuwenhoek; Antoni (1632 - 1723); tradesman and microscopist1632 - 1723
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