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Timeline of key events

Timeline of key events in biotechnology

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Date Event People Places Sciences
01 Apr 1578William Harvey was born in Folkestone, UKHarvey Cardiovascular
28 Jul 1635Robert Hooke was born Freshwater, Isle of WightHooke Cell
03 Jun 1657William Harvey diedHarvey Cardiovascular
1663First time the cell described as a basic unit of lifeHookeRoyal SocietyCell
1674Invention of the microscope by Antonie van LeeuwenhoekLeeuwenhoek  
1675First microscopic observations of protozoa and bacteria by van LeeuwenhoekLeeuwenhoek 
03 Mar 1703Robert Hooke diedHooke Cell
03 Dec 1703Robert Hooke died   
17 May 1749Edward Jenner was born in Berkeley, United Kingdom  Immunology, Vaccine
13 Sep 1761Caspar Wistar was born in Philadelphia Wistar Institute 
1783Caspar Wistar received his Batchelor of Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania Wistar Institute 
1786Caspar Wistar received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Edinburgh Wistar Institute 
1787Caspar Wistar appointed physician to the Philadelphia Dispensary, elected to the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and to the American Philosophical Society Wistar Institute 
1793Caspar Wistar became staff member of the Pennsylvania Hospital and elected curator of the American Philosophical Society Wistar Institute 
1799 - 1802First use of the word 'biology' Beddoes, Burdach, Treviranus, Lamarck  
05 Apr 1804Matthias J Schleiden was bornSchleiden University of JenaCell
1808Caspar Wistar appointed sole professor of anatomy, midwifery and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Wistar Institute 
12 Feb 1809Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, United KingdomDarwin Evolution
07 Dec 1810Theodor Schwann was bornSchwannUniversity of LiegeCell
1811 - 1814Caspar Wistar published his two volumes of 'A System of Anatomy for the Use of Students of Medicine', the first American anatomy textbook Wistar Institute 

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