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Sir Isaac Newton Isaac Newton was born in the manor house of Woolsthorpe near Grantham in Lincolnshire England The calendar of his time would say that he was born on Christmas day 1642 In the present calendar he was born January 4 1643 Isaac Newton came from a family of farmers but never knew his father also named Isaac Newton who died in October 1642 three months before his son was born Newtons mother Hannah Ayscough remarried Barnabas Smith the minister of the church of a nearby village when Isaac was two years old Newton was then left in the care of his grandmother Margery Ayscough at Woolsthorpe There is no doubt that Isaac felt very bitter towards his mother and his stepfather Barnabas Smith In his later writings he wrote then he many times threatened to kill them Newtons uncle William Ayscough decided that Isaac should prepare for entering university and having persuaded his mother that this was the right thing to do Isaac was allowed to return to the Free Grammar School in Grantham in 1660 to complete his school education This time he lodged with Stokes who was the headmaster of the school and it would appear that despite suggestions that he had previously shown no academic promise Isaac must have convinced some of those around him that he had the will to learn Some evidence points to Stokes also persuading Isaacs mother to let him enter university so it is likely that Isaac had shown more promise his first time at the school than the school reports suggest Newton entered his uncles college Trinity College Cambridge on June 5 1661 He was older than most of the other students but despite the fact that his mother was financially well off he entered as a sizar A sizar was a student who received money toward college expenses in exchange for acting as a servant to other students Newtons aim at
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