The Development of Cell Theory


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Who saw the first cells?

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1. Who was the first person to see living cells?

2. Who is credited with the development of modern cell theory?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The cell theory is a compilation of discoveries made by several scientists who studied cells. This worksheet and quiz will assess your knowledge of the contributions made by important scientists including Mattias Schleiden, Theodor Schwann and Rudolf Virchow.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this assessment you will be tested on the discoveries of the following scientists:

  • Robert Hooke
  • Theodor Schwann
  • Matthias Schleiden
  • Rudolf Virchow
  • Anton van Leeuwenhoek
  • Zacharias Janssen

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will review the following skills:

  • Information recall - access knowledge about the first person to view and describe cells using a microscope
  • Making connections - use your understanding of cell theory to explain where cells can be observed
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about contributions made by Matthias Schleiden and Theodor Schwann

Additional Learning

To learn more about the scientists who contributed to modern cell theory, review the accompanying lesson on The Development of Cell Theory. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the scientists responsible for modern cell theory
  • Explain the important contributions made by Robert Hooke
  • Know which scientist discovered that cells arise from other cells
  • Describe the discoveries made by Matthias Schleiden and Theodor Schwann
  • Understand what Anton Van Leeuwenhoek contributed to the history of cell theory