It was Robert Hooke, who discovered cells in 1665. While studying a very thin slice of cork under his self made microscope, he actually saw cell walls or dead cells but not the complete cell.
He saw a number of tiny pores which he remarked that they looked like the walled compartments the monks used to live in. Cella means hollow space. Because of this association, Hooke called them cells and the name still continues.1 , 0 0 for Q. who discovered cell? answer added by shrirajna 6 years ago