It is almost impossible to think about the pioneers of modern-day physics without mentioning the name of Isaac Newton–the mathematician and physicist more commonly known as the guy who discovered gravity when an apple fell on his head. He was the first scientist to ever look into the concept of gravity and the weight of every object.
He might be responsible for single-handedly laying down the foundation of modern-day physics but believe it or not, Newton was more than just a scientist.
If you’re interested in learning about his life, check out these facts.
Isaac Was a Small Baby
When he was born, Isaac was reportedly so small that he could easily fit inside a quart-size mug.
Isaac Was Named After His Father
Unfortunately, Isaac’s father passed away a few months before the science prodigy’s arrival in this world, and so, in his memory, Isaac Newton was named after his father. Soon thereafter, however, his mother left him with his grandmother before moving in with her new husband.
Isaac Confessed to Threatening His Mother
Isaac wasn’t always cool-headed–when his mother left him to marry Reverend Barnabas Smith, Isaac shunned his stepfather and his three half-siblings. This resulted in deteriorating ties between his mother and his stepfather which then led to him threatening to burn their house while they were inside.
Isaac’s Mother Wanted Him to Be a Farmer
Although his mother wanted him to try his hand at farming, Isaac wasn’t a big fan of the rural lifestyle, and once his mother realized this, she allowed him to pursue formal education. During his time in school, Isaac was often bullied for his shy and quiet demeanor.
Between the ages of 12 and 17, Isaac attended the King’s School while living with William Clarke, who helped him develop a liking for chemistry. If you ever visit Grantham, you should check out the King’s School, which is still operational today. It even has Newton’s signature engraved on the windowsills in the school.
From a rebellious teen to a world-famous scientist–now that’s an impressive feat indeed.