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Today in History - Isaac Newton passed away


RIP Sir Isaac Newton (1643 - 1727) 🌠


Isaac Newton began studying at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1661. He studied as a sub-sizar, meaning he paid his way by working as a valet for the college until he received a scholarship in 1664.


During his early years at Cambridge, his tutors did not see anything extraordinary about him. However, in 1665, the plague forced Cambridge University to close, and all the students went home (sounds familiar…). It was while Newton was studying at home in Woolsthorpe Manor during this closure that he discovered the theory of gravity.


He went on to become Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University. People said that his lectures were so boring that they put students to sleep. Some students claimed that having to listen to lectures that boring went against their human rights and stopped attending. However, Newton was said to have preferred lecturing to empty lecture halls!


Newton died in his sleep on the 20th March 1727, aged 84. He was buried in Westminster Abbey. And is considered one of the most influential scientists to have ever lived. Article courtesy of Remember Cambridge.

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