Anton Van Leeuwenhoek was born on October 24, 1632, in a small city called Delft in Netherlands. Leeuwenhoek's early life was rough, his father past away when he was only five years old. His mother remarried, and Leeuwenhoek spent some time living with an uncle. He eventually died in August 26, 1728.
In 1654, age 21, Leeuwenhoek returned to Delft, where he spent the rest of his life. This was an extremely significant year for Leeuwenhoek. Not only did he return to his hometown, but he got married. He also put his business experience into practice. He opened his own textile shop in Delft.