Isaac Newton can be ranked with the like of Albert Einstein, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison Alba and other great scientists.
HereÂ’s a list of scientifically important and interesting facts about Newton.
Who will be the very first person/scientist that comes to your mind when you hear the term “gravity”? I am quite sure, it will be Newton. Sir Isaac Newton is one of the greatest scientists in history. All of us are reminded of the story about the falling apple.
Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison Alba and other great scientists.
Here’s a list of scientifically important and interesting facts about Newton.
1.) Sir Isaac Newton was born a premature baby on December 25, 1642 in Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire, England. The year 1642 was the year Galileo Galilei died.
2.) Unlike many scientists, he was a very religious man. He didn’t believe in Trinitarianism but Newton attended Trinity College, University of Cambridge in 1961.
3.) From 1669 to 1701, he served as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge.
4.) Newton is not just a scientist as we all know. He was also a mathematician, and a natural philosopher. Newton is one of the top mathematicians of his day.
5.) Sir Isaac Newton is considered as one of the most important and greatest scientists of all time.
6.) Newton formulated laws of universal gravitation and motion. Without it, we will not have knowledge on how objects move on Earth as well as through the heavens.
7.) Isaac Newton also established the modern study of optics. We have clearer understanding about the behavior of light because of his study optics.
8.) He was also an inventor. Newton invented the first reflecting telescope which he used in his modern study of optics.
9.) Newton invented the area of mathematics called calculus. Calculus is known then as fluxional method. Calculus was also developed independently by German mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz.
10.) His “Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy” or Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica in 1687 and Opticks in 1704, are considered among the greatest scientific works ever produced
11.) Newton’s Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy contained his three laws of motion and the theory of gravitation.
12.) His Opticks describe his theory that white light is a blend of different colors.
13.) From 1703 until 1727, Newton acted as president of the Royal Society, an organization that promotes the natural sciences.
14.) French writer Voltaire first recorded the story that a falling apple gave Newton the inspiration for his theory of gravitation. Voltaire cited Newton's niece as his source for the story.
15.) Newton instigated a Royal Society investigation to prove that he invented calculus before German mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, who had published the method first.
16.) Newton’s father died before his birth and when he was 3 years old, his mother remarried and was brought up by his maternal grandmother and started his schooling in neighboring towns.
17.) At age ten, the young Newton was sent to the grammar school at nearby Grantham. While at school he lived at the house of a pharmacist named Clark, from whom he acquired his lifelong interest in chemical operations.
18.) As a student, Newton was very inattentive. However, he created sundials, model windmills, a water clock, a mechanical carriage, and flew kites with lanterns attached to their tails – manifestation of his hand skills.
19.) When he was 14, the second husband of her mother died. She took Newton out of school and returned to Woolsthorpe and tried to make him a farmer.
20.) In June 1661, Trinity College at Cambridge admitted Newton as a subsizar, a student required to perform various domestic services.
Issac Newton at Trinity statue / Wikimedia
21.) After 4 years, in January 1665, Newton earned his bachelor’s degree.
22.) The equation devised by Newton about gravity is called the inverse square law of attraction.
23.) Newton concluded that sunlight is a combination of all the colors of the spectrum and that the sunlight separates when passed through the prism because its component colors are of differing refrangibility.
24.) He received his Master of Arts in 1667 at Trinity College.
25.) In 1696, Newton was appointed Warden of the Mint. He introduced the minting of coins of standard weight and composition. He also instituted the policy of minting coins with milled edges.
26.) In 1699, he was promoted Mastership of the Mint, a well-paid post that Newton held for the rest of his life.
27.) In 1703, Newton was elected president of the Royal Society, an office to which he was reelected annually thereafter.
28.) In 1705, Newton was knighted by Queen Anne. During such time, he was the dominant figure in British and European science.
29.) Newton’s estimated that the world would end no earlier than 2060.
30.) As Warden of the Mint, Newton conducted more than 100 cross-examinations of witnesses, informers, and suspects between June 1698 and Christmas 1699. Newton successfully prosecuted 28 coiners.
31.) The Great Albert Einstein kept A picture of the great Newton was always on his study wall alongside ones of Michel Faraday and James Clerk Maxwell.
32.) He died on March 20, 1727 at the age of 84. Newton was buried in Westminster Abbey, the first scientist to be so honored.