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Sir Isaac Newton plaque to be unveiled in Grantham

Sir Isaac Newton owned property in Grantham all his life Photo: ITV Central

A plaque is to be unveiled today (Saturday 22 September) in honour of Sir Isaac Newton as part of the Gravity Fields Festival.

The Grantham Civic Society blue plaque will be unveiled in the George Centre in Grantham in the afternoon. It will then be erected on the wall of Ask restaurant on High Street.

The restaurant was the site of Mr Clark's apothecary's shop, where a young Newton lived from 1655 to 1660 while attending the King's School, Grantham.

The Gravity Fields Festival is a creative celebration of the physical sciences, and of the science and heritage of Sir Isaac Newton who also owned family property there in the area all his life.

History of Isaac Newton:

  • Born prematurely on Christmas Day in 1642 in Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, a small village alongside the Great North Road between Grantham and Stamford.
  • Father died three months before Newton's birth.
  • Went to the King's School in Grantham, lodging in the town during term time.
  • 1661 - attended Trinity College, Cambridge.
  • Returned to Woolsthorpe where he studied the nature of light and the design of telescopes - found that sunlight was comprised of component colours which refracted differently
  • Developed the reflecting telescope
  • 1667 - returned to Trinity College as a Fellow
  • 1669 - appointed Lucasian Professor of Mathematics
  • Said that a falling apple in an orchard at Woolsthorpe led him to consider whether the force that caused the apple to fall was the same that controlled to motion of planets around the Sun.
  • 1684 - revealed he had proved the force between the planets and the Sun operated according to an inverse square law.
  • 1687 - published The Principia which stated the three universal laws of motion which enabled many of the advances of the Industrial Revolution. Used the Latin word gravitas (weight) for the effect now known as gravity.
  • Became Master of the Royal Mint and introduced milled edges on coins to prevent 'cropping'