Significant Events in the Life of Isaac Newton
1642: Born December 25 in Woolsthorpe, north of London
1655: Attends Grantham Grammar School
1661: Enters Trinity College, Cambridge
1665: January—graduates Bachelor of Arts; August moves back home because of the plague
1666: Develops binomial theorem; invents the calculus; postulates a gravitational force holding the moon in its orbit; and proves that white light is a mixture of light of all colors
1667: Returns to Cambridge; elected fellow of Trinity College
1669: Elected Lucasian Professor of Mathematics
1672: Elected fellow of the Royal Society
1684: Edmund Halley’s visit leads to writing of the Principia
1687: Publication of Principia Mathematica
1689: Elected Member of Parliament
1693: Experiences mental breakdown
1696: Moves to London as Warden of the Mint
1700: Appointed Master of the Mint
1703: Elected president of the Royal Society
1704: Publication of Opticks
1705: Knighted by the Queen
1727: Dies March 20; buried in Westminster Abbey
Charles E. Hummel is author of The Galileo Connection and Genesis: God's Creative Call (both InterVarsity).
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