CK Olympus Tokyo Inverted Microscope

Description (Brief)
This inverted microscope was used at Genentech, a biotechnology company. In a traditional light microscope (the kind most often used in high school biology classes), the light source comes from below a slide-mounted specimen and the observer views it from above. By contrast, an inverted microscope’s light source comes from above and the sample is viewed from the bottom.
This configuration eliminates the need for slide-mounting the specimen for observation and allows the observer to view samples in flasks or petri dishes. For this reason the inverted microscope is particularly useful in work with living cells and tissue culture, allowing both observation and manipulation of the sample.
Goldstein, David. “Inverted Microscope.” Microscopy-UK. 1998.
Olympus. “Inverted biological microscope.”
Currently not on view
Object Name
microscope, inverted
date made
before 1995
Genentech, Inc.
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 18 1/2 in x 11 3/8 in x 7 1/2 in; 46.99 cm x 28.8925 cm x 19.05 cm
United States: California, South San Francisco
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accession number
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Medicine and Science: Biological Sciences
Science & Mathematics
Biotechnology and Genetics
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Genentech
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