Biography of Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton was born in 1642 and died in 1727. He 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

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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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