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On Christmas day by the georgian calender in the manor house ofWoolsthorpe England Issaac Newton was born prematurely His father haddied 3 months before Newton had a difficult childhood His mother HannahAyscough Newton remarried when he was just three and he was sent to livewith his grandparents After his stepfathers death the second father whodied when Isaac was 11 Newtons mother brought him back home toWoolsthorpe in Lincolnshire where he was educated at Kings SchoolNewton came from a family of farmers and he was expected to continue thefarming tradition well thats what his mother thought anyway until an unclerecognized how smart he was Newtons mother removed him from grammarschool in Grantham where he had shown little promise in academicsNewtons report cards describe him as idle and inattentive So his uncledecided that he should be prepared for the university and he entered hisuncles old College Trinity College Cambridge in June 1661 Newton had toearn his keep waiting on wealthy students because he was poor NewtonsAt Cambridge Isaac Barrow who held the Lucasian chair of Mathematicstook Isaac under his wing and encouraged him Newton got hisundergraduate degree without accomplishing much and would have gone onto get his masters but the Great Plague broke out in London and the studentswere sent home This was a truely productive time for Newton Heconducted experiments on sunlight and prisms He discovered that sunlightwas made up of different colors This lead to his work on reflectingtelescopes At the same time he was working out his ideas of planetaryHe returned to Cambridge in 1667 and became the a fellow earned his MAand the following year became the chair of the math department he thenNewton worked cooperatively wiht other scientists such as Robert HookeandEdmund Halley on planetary motion But he was later bitter and resentfullnot wanting to give other any credit for their contributions to his workNewton went on to serve in government positions such as a member ofParliament and later as Warden
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