Biography of Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) was an English mathematician, physicist, astronomer, theologian, and author. He is recognized as one of the most influential scientists of all time.

“Plato is my friend, Aristotle is my friend, but my best friend is truth.”
– Isaac Newton

“Newton devoted much time and effort to biblical chronology, and indeed at one stage, actually in his early thirties, made it his “dominant concern” and allowed it to crowd out his work on mechanics, optics, and such things.”
– James Barr (1999)[3, p.379]

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1642 – He is born near Grantham.

1653 – His stepfather dies, Newton lives with extended family; mother, g-ma, a half-brother, and two half-sisters. He begins attending the Free Grammar School in Grantham.

1660 – He finishes school at the Free Grammar School.

1661 – He enters Trinity College Cambridge.

1663 – He gains interest in mathematics.

1664 – He is elected a scholar.

1665 – He receives his bachelor’s degree.

1668 – He has his Master’s Degree and is elected to a major fellowship.

1669 – Barrow tries to ensure Newton’s mathematical achievements became known to the world.

1669 – He becomes Lucasian Professor.

1670 – His first work as Lucian Professor was on optics.

1671 – His ‘De Methodis Serierum et Fluxionum’ is published.

1672 – He is elected as a fellow of the Royal Society, also he publishes his first scientific paper on light and color in the ‘Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society’.

1675 – Hooke claims Newton had stolen some of his optical results.

1687 – He publishes ‘Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica’, a.k.a. ‘Principia’.

1703-1727 – He becomes the President of the Royal Society.

1704 – He publishes ‘Opticks’.

1707 – He publishes Arithmetica Universalis.

1727 – He dies.

1728 – His ‘The System of the World’ is published posthumously

1728 – His ‘The Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended’ is published posthumously.

1733 – His ‘Observations on Daniel and The Apocalypse of St. John’ is published posthumously.

1736 (written 1671) – His ‘Method of Fluxions’ is published posthumously.

1754 – His ‘An Historical Account of Two Notable Corruptions of Scripture’ is published posthumously.

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[3] – Barr, James. “Pre-Scientific Chronology: The Bible and the Origin of the World.” Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 143, no. 3, 1999, pp. 379–387. JSTOR, Accessed 20 Sept. 2020.

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