1680: Member of the Royal Society

Detail of Verkolje's portrait of Leeuwenhoek. Click for the full portrait.The most important event in this period was Leeuwenhoek's election as a member of the Royal Society in 1680. After Hooke's success two years previously replicating Leeuwenhoek's claims, there was no opposition to his election. According to Birch's History, the Society went to the effort of sending Leeuwenhoek an official declaration and seal. Several the letters that he wrote then were thank-you's.

Leeuwenhoek was so proud of being a member that the declaration and seal are on the table in front of him in the Verkolje portrait (right; click for full portrait).

[Summary of the year's events]

For a chronology of events and letters in 1680, see What happened? and Learn more below.