• The cell was first discovered and named by Robert Hooke in 1665. He remarked that it looked strangely similar to cellula or small rooms which monks inhabited, thus deriving the name. However what Hooke actually saw was the dead cell walls of plant cells (cork) . Hooke's description of these cells was published in Micrographia. The cell walls observed by Hooke gave no indication of the nucleus and other organelles found in most living cells. The first man to witness a live cell under a microscope was Anton Van Leeuwenhoek, who in 1674 described the algae Spirogyra(see). Leeuwenhoek probably also saw bacteria.
  • the first cell wass dicovered by Robert Hooke.
  • G'day Charli, Thank you for your question. According to Wikipedia, "The word cell comes from the Latin cellula, meaning, a small room. The descriptive name for the smallest living biologial structure was chosen by Robert Hooke in a book he published in 1665 when he compared the cork cells he saw through his microscope to the small rooms monks lived in." Robert Hooke may not have been the first person to see a cell but he was the first person to identify it and to write about them. I have attached sources for your records. Regards Wikipedia Cell Berkeley Robert Hooke Cell Theory
  • It was discovered by Robert Hooke. He, first saw it in a cork. The observations of Hooke, Leeuwenhoek, Schleiden, Schwann, Virchow, and others led to the development of the cell theory.

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