Isaac Newton was one of the most influential mathematicians and physicists of all time. Born in 1643 in England, he is best known for his scientific contributions, which transformed our understanding of the natural world. In this article, we will explore his life and legacy.

Early Life

Newton was born into a farming family in Lincolnshire, England. His father died three months before he was born, leaving his mother to raise him on her own. Despite showing an early aptitude for mechanics and mathematics, Newton struggled with academic work in school.

At age 18, Newton attended Trinity College at Cambridge University. There he explored mathematics and physics further and began to develop his thoughts on calculus and gravity.

Scientific Advancements

Newton’s greatest contribution to science came while studying at Cambridge where he discovered the law of universal gravitation. This discovery helped to explain why objects fall towards the Earth's center as well as the movement of planets within our Solar System.

Aside from gravitational theories, some of Newton's other notable works include:

  • The Laws Of Motion
  • Calculus
  • Refraction experiments that laid out principles behind optics.

Through these discoveries Newton has made a significant impact on modern science providing the of physics still used today.


Beyond being a scientist himself Isaac Newton created a new way of thinking about science that lasted centuries past him. He is often seen as one of the leading contributors to "The Enlightenment," which focused on intellectual freedom rather than strict religious control over society.

In addition to this legacy Isaac Newton was also knighted by Queen Anne I in recognition for his work just four years before passing away at 84 years old.


Isaac Newton has left behind an impressive legacy even after centuries past his time. From laying groundwork with calculus that helps our technology advance today such as smartphones or simulations used particularly during space exploration missions to illuminating paths which shed light on how our universe functions was no small feat.