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Chapter 5 Class 9 - The Fundamental Unit of Life

Who discovered cells, and how?



English Physicist Robert Hooke discovered the cell.

In 1665 , while observing a sample of a Cork (Outer Bark of an Oak tree) under the microscope , he observed tiny box-like structures as shown.


He called these box-like structures “ cells ” and described them as the basic unit of living organisms .

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