The History of Cell Theory

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The History of Cell Theory As we all probably know today, every single living being is made up by cells – the building blocks of life. As much as we would like to take this fact for granted, we cannot help but acknowledge and remember the works and discoveries of earlier scientists which all contributed to our today's understanding of the cell theory. The cell theory being; all living things are composed of one or more cells, cells are organisms' basic units of structure and function, and cells only come from existing cells. Their discoveries lead to the development of inventions necessary to induce further research in the area which resulted in the creation of devices such as the microscope. Robert Hooke Robert Hooke was probably…show more content…
Theodor Schwann Theodor Schwann was a German physiologist who defined the cell as the basic unit of animal structure. He discovered what are today known as the "Schwann cells" and made important discoveries from observing that an egg is a single cell that would develop into a complete organism. He was therefore able to conclude that in addition to Schleiden's theory, animals were also made up of cells and consequently all living things would be made of cells. He was one of the main developers of the cell theory and also discovered that membranes, nuclei, and cell bodies were common in cells and learned to compare them in between animal and plant tissues. This all aided the development of the cell theory because this is one of the final steps to the main ideology that all living things are made up of cells. Rudolf Virchow Rudolf Virchow was a Prussian scientist who contributed greatly to the cell theory, stating that cells arose from each other and this was how many diseases were spread. This leads to the development of the cell theory in the way that one of the main ideologies of the cell theory is the fact that cells only come from existing cells. Homo Faber The development of the cell theory, and the people who helped to do so relates to the Area of Interaction of Homo Faber because only with the demand and need of further research and studying, would
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