Christopher Cock

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For other people with the same name, see Christopher Cox.
Microscope manufactured by Christopher Cock of London for Robert Hooke. Hooke is believed to have used this microscope for the observations that formed the basis of Micrographia. (M-030 00276) Courtesy - Billings Microscope Collection, National Museum of Health and Medicine, AFIP).

Christopher Cock was a London instrument maker of the 17th century, who supplied microscopes to Robert Hooke. These microscopes were compound lens instruments, which suffered greatly from spherical aberration.


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  • Helen Purtle, The Billings Microscope Collection of the Medical Museum, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (Second Edition) Washington, DC: Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, 1974 (Reprinted 1987).[1]