Two Paragraph Condensed Biography

Sir Isaac Newton was born in 1642, in Woolsthorpe, near Grantham in Lincolnshire where he also attended school.  Upon reaching the age of nineteen in 1661, he attended Cambridge University, from which he was elected a fellow of Trinity College in 1667, and became a Lucasian professor of mathematics in 1669. Newton remained at the college, giving lectures until 1696. These Cambridge years were when Newton was at the height of his creative power.  The years 1665 to 1667 were what Newton himself singled out as “The prime of my age for invention.”  Within two to three years of intense mental effort he had created the “Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica” (Mathematical principles of natural philosophy).

King James II began to make the universities into Catholic institutions, which led to Newton being elected as a member of Parliament for the University of Cambridge to the convention Parliament of 1689. He sat again in the Parliament from 1701 to 1702.  In 1696 he moved to London as warden of the Royal Mint. He soon became master of the mint in 1699, an office that he kept until his death. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1671, and in 1703 he became President, being annually reelected for the remainder of his life. He was knighted in Cambridge in 1705.  He died in 1727, and he is buried in Westminster Abbey.


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