Cell Theory

Updated: 9/10/2020
Cell Theory

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  • Hi! I am Robert Hooke. I discovered the cell in the year 1665 using a microscope. Check out my microscope! Isn't it cool??
  • Although I discovered the cell in 1665, I would like to give credits of the first cell theory to the work of Theodor Schwann and Matthias Jakob Schleiden in the 1830s.
  • Thank you, Robert!
  • Aside from the two of us, many other scientists like Rudolf Virchow contributed to the theory. It was an important step in the movement away from spontaneous generation.
  • Hi! I'm Rudolf! I'm sad because I did not get any credit for my work contributions.
  • Hello! I am Schleiden. In 1839, I suggested that every structural part of a plant was made up of cells or the result of cells. I also suggested that cells were made by a crystallization process either within other cells or from the outside.
  • Hey! Excuse me! That was my idea. I am Barthelemy Dumortier and I had stated that idea years before you! Hmp! Because of you, this crystallization process is no longer accepted with modern cell theory.
  • Stop fighting you guys! Did you know that along with plants, animals are composed of cells or the product of cells in their structures?? This was a major advancement in the field of biology since little was known about animal structure up to this point compared to plants. I am so amazing, right Robert Remak?
  • It was my idea that all cells come from pre-existing cells and Virchow plagiarized my work. Hmp!
  • I even published observations in 1852 on cell division. I am also claiming that Schleiden and Schawnn were incorrect about generation schemes. And I believe that binary fission, which was first introduced by Dumortier, was how reproduction of new animal cells were made.