The history of cell imaging

Browse our gallery of historical and modern images exploring the history of cell imaging. Find out about the first people to observe and name cells, and how technology has changed over the past 350 years to give us an incredible insight into the inner workings of the cell

Image research by Benjamin Thompson and Laura Pastorelli; captions by Benjamin Thompson. All images courtesy of Wellcome Library, London, unless otherwise stated.

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About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘The Cell’ in February 2011 and reviewed and updated in September 2015.

Cell biology, History
The Cell
Education levels:
16–19, Continuing professional development