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Sir Isaac Newton Jan 4 1643 - March 31 1727 On Christmas day by the georgian calender in the manor house of Woolsthorpe England Issaac Newton was born prematurely His father had died 3 months before Newton had a difficult childhood His mother Hannah Ayscough Newton remarried when he was just three and he was sent to live with his grandparents After his stepfathers death the second father who died when Isaac was 11 Newtons mother brought him back home to Woolsthorpe in Lincolnshire where he was educated at Kings School Grantham Newton came from a family of farmers and he was expected to continue the farming tradition well thats what his mother thought anyway until an uncle recognized how smart he was Newtons mother removed him from grammar school in Grantham where he had shown little promise in academics Newtons report cards describe him as idle and inattentive So his uncle decided that he should be prepared for the university and he entered his uncles old College Trinity College Cambridge in June 1661 Newton had to earn his keep waiting on wealthy students because he was poor Newtons aim at Cambridge was a law degree At Cambridge Isaac Barrow who held the Lucasian chair of Mathematics took Isaac under his wing and encouraged him Newton got his undergraduate degree without accomplishing much and would have gone on to get his masters but the Great Plague broke out in London and the students were sent home This was a truely productive time for Newton He conducted experiments on sunlight and prisms He discovered that sunlight was made up of different colors This lead to his work on reflecting telescopes At the same time he was working out his ideas of planetary motion He returned to Cambridge in 1667 and became the a fellow earned his MA and the following year became the chair of the math department he then wrote
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