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Isaac Newton

Physicist & Mathematician Isaac Newton

Profession: Physicist & Mathematician


Biography: One of the most influential scientists of all time and a key figure in the scientific revolution. Famed for the laws of motion.

Born: December 25, 1642
Birthplace: Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, Lincolnshire, England
Star Sign: Capricorn

Died: March 31, 1727 (aged 84)

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Historical Events

  • 1661-06-05 Isaac Newton admitted as a student to Trinity College, Cambridge
  • 1668-07-07 Isaac Newton receives MA from Trinity College, Cambridge
  • 1672-02-08 Isaac Newton reads 1st optics paper before Royal Society in London
  • 1676-02-15 Isaac Newton writes to Robert Hooke “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants” (O.S. 5 Feb)
  • 1684-12-10 Isaac Newton's derivation of Kepler's laws from his theory of gravity, contained in the paper De motu corporum in gyrum, is read to the Royal Society by Edmond Halley
  • 1687-07-05 Isaac Newton's great work Principia published by Royal Society in England, outlining his laws of motion and universal gravitation
  • 1697-01-26 Isaac Newton receives Jean Bernoulli's 6 month time-limit problem, solves problem before going to bed that same night
  • 1705-04-16 Queen Anne of England knights Isaac Newton at Trinity College, Cambridge
  • 2018-06-15 Physicist Stephen Hawking's ashes are interred in Westminster Abbey, London, between the remains of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin

Quotes by Isaac Newton

  • "I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people."