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Background

  • He died on 31 March 1727 and was buried in Westminster Abbey.

    After his death, Newton's hair was examined and found to contain mercury, probably resulting from his alchemical pursuits.

  • Education

    • In 1661, he went to Cambridge University where he became interested in mathematics, optics, physics and astronomy.

      At that time, the college's teachings were based on those of Aristotle, whom Newton supplemented with modern philosophers, such as Descartes, and astronomers such as Copernicus, Galileo, and Kepler

      In 1665 Newton returned to Woolsthorpe. He also devoted time to optics and mathematics, working out his ideas about 'fluxions'. In 1667, Newton returned to Cambridge, where he became a fellow of Trinity College.

    Career

    • Newton published 'The Opticks' which dealt with light and colour. In 1689, Newton was elected member of parliament for Cambridge University. In 1703, he was elected president of the Royal Society, an office he held until his death. He was knighted in 1705.Newton was a difficult man, but by the early 1700s he was the dominant figure in British and European science.

    Major achievements

    • Laws of motion

      Colour theory ( refraction and defraction )

      Reflecting telescope

      Law of universal gravitation

      Law of cooling

      Calculus

    Religion

    saw a monotheistic God as the masterful creator whose existence could not be denied in the face of the grandeur of all creation.

    Denomination: Christian

    Views

    natural philosophy

    Quotations: “We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”

    Isaac Newton

    Personality

    Interests

    Philosophers & Thinkers : Galileo

    Sport & Clubs: backgammon

    religion and theology

    Music & Bands: classical music

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    Born December 25, 1642
    Died March 30, 1727
    (aged 84)
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    • 1655 - 1660
    • 1661 - 1665

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