Did you know that ...

... Charles Darwin (1809 – 1882) thought highly of ZEISS microscopes?

There's hardly any other scientist as famous as Charles Darwin.

His theory of evolution on the emergence of different species and the origin of human beings sent shockwaves through the scientific community and fundamentally changed how people viewed the world.

Darwin worked hard to make himself into a universal scientist, a prerequisite for developing his theory of evolution. His research encompassed the areas of geology, zoology and botany, and Darwin focused on the emergence of coral reefs, barnacles, earthworms, orchids and even carnivorous plants.

An important tool for determining the type of species was – and still is – the microscope. Charles Darwin was already familiar with the high quality of ZEISS microscopes before purchasing one himself. Ernst Haeckel was Prorector of the University of Jena and further advanced Darwin's ideas concerning evolution. In a letter to Haeckel, Darwin wrote:

My son Francis, who works with me, wants to get a microscope from Zeiss. Will you therefore be so kind as to call on Zeiss and see that he really sends good lenses.

Carl Zeiss' records show that he actually sent the 4,876th microscope to Darwin on 11 March 1881. The package also contained the appropriate accessories and a set of special lenses. Luckily, Carl Zeiss' cutting-edge technology met Charles and Francis Darwin's high scientific standards.

February 10th, 2017

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    © Ernst-Hackel-Archiv
  • © Ernst-Hackel-Archiv
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