Isaac Newton

  • Isaac Newton born in Woolsthorpe, England

    Isaac Newton born in Woolsthorpe, England
    Isaac Newton is born on Christmas Day in 1642 in Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire, England. He was very weak at birth and isn't expected to live.
  • Newton attends King's School in Grantham

    Newton attends King's School in Grantham
    At the age of 5, Newton goes to the village school. About six years later he is sent to Grantham, a town seven miles away, to attend King's School. At first he does poorly, but after beating up a bully, he pushes himself to the head of the class.While in Grantham, Newton stays in the home of Mr. Clark, the town druggist. He builds wooden models, carves sundials, draws, and builds a water clock. After seeing a windmill, he builds a working model of his own.
  • ·Newton enrolls in Trinity College, Cambridge.

    ·Newton enrolls in Trinity College, Cambridge.
    When Newton is 16, his mother brings him home from King's School to learn to be a farmer. Newton wants to study instead, and he is eventually sent back to prepare for college. He enrolls at Trinity College at Cambridge in 1661.
  • Newton receives his bachelor of arts from Trinity College

    Newton receives his bachelor of arts from Trinity College
    While at Cambridge, Newton divides a notebook into 45 sections so he can make notes of things he wants to know about. He is so involved in studying that he sometimes forgets to eat. In 1665 he receives his bachelor's of arts degree.
  • Newton discovered Integral Calculus, and developed Theory of Colours

    Newton discovered Integral Calculus, and developed Theory of Colours
    Newton contributed heavily to the field of mathematics, distinctly advancing every branch of the subject then studied. His work on fluxions or calculus was featured in the manuscript of 1666, which was later published with his mathematical papers.
  • Newton returns to Woolsthorpe

    Newton returns to Woolsthorpe
    Cambridge closes down because of the plague in London. Newton heads home. He experiments with the origin of colors and the nature of gravity, and creates what we know as calculus today
  • Newton returns to Cambridge.

    Cambridge reopens in 1667, and Newton returns to study for his master of arts degree. He is given a fellowship, a special award where he is paid to study. In 1669 he is made a professor of mathematics.
  • Newton is granted Master's Degree, Cambridge.

    Newton gets his masters degree.
  • Newtonian Telescope

    Newtonian Telescope
    Newton's first reflecting telescope was completed in 1668 and is the earliest known functional reflecting telescope.The Newtonian telescope's simple design makes it very popular with amateur telescope makers.Newton built his reflecting telescope because he suspected it could prove his theory that white light is composed of a spectrum of colours.
  • Newton joins the Royal Society of London.

    Newton builds an improved version of the reflecting telescope. His friend, Dr. Barrow, takes it to the Royal Society of London, the country's most famous scientific society. The members are so impressed they invite Newton to join.
  • Newton publishes his major work, Principia.

    Newton publishes his major work, Principia.
    In 1684 a scientist urges Newton to write about how a planet moves in a certain orbit. His work turns into a 3-volume book known as Principia. Published in 1687, this work details the 3 laws of motion and the law of universal gravitation.The publication of ‘Principia’ elevated the reputation of Newton in the scientific circle to greater heights. He was widely acknowledged for his discoveries which were ranked amongst humanity’s greatest achievements
  • Newton gets sick.

    Around 1693 Newton's health begins to fail and his mind seems to wander. Some think he is having a breakdown. Some think now that he may have been experiencing mercury poisoning from some of his experiments. He is completely well by 1696.
  • Newton is appointed Warden of the Mint.

    Newton is given the job of Warden of the Mint in 1696. He helps recall all of the old British coins so they can be replaced with new ones. In 1700 he is appointed Master of the Mint.
  • Newton becomes president of the Royal Society.

    Newton becomes president of the Royal Society.
    In 1703 Newton is elected the president of the Royal Society of London. He publishes his writings on his early experiments with light in a book called Opticks.
  • "Sir Isaac Newton"

    In 1705 Newton receives the highest honor in the land. He becomes the first British scientist to be knighted. He is now known as "Sir Isaac Newton."With this, he became the second scientist to be knighted after Sir Francis Bacon.
  • Newton publishes Arithmetica universalis.

    Newton publishes Arithmetica universalis.
    The Arithmetica touches on algebraic notation, arithmetic, the relationship between geometry and algebra, and the solution of equations. Newton also applied Descartes' rule of signs to imaginary roots. He also offered, without proof, a rule to determine the number of imaginary roots of polynomial equations. Not for another 150 years would a rigorous proof to Newton's counting formula be found (by James Joseph Sylvester, published in 1865).
  • Newton died.

    Newton died.
    On March 20, 1727, Sir Isaac Newton dies at the age of 84. He is buried at the famous Westminster Abbey. Sir Isaac Newton will be remembered as a brilliant man whose work in math and science continues to influence the world today.