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Mathematician , physicist


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.


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.


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.


  • Laws of motion

    Colour theory ( refraction and defraction )

    Reflecting telescope

    Law of universal gravitation

    Law of cooling



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


natural philosophy

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

Isaac Newton


  • Philosophers & Thinkers


  • Sport & Clubs


  • Other Interests

    religion and theology

  • Music & Bands

    classical music