Sir Isaac Newton was one of the most important scientists of all time. He is credited with developing the theory of gravity, the laws of motion, building the first reflecting telescope, the invention of calculus and much more. He also dedicated some of his time to Christian theology as well as catching and prosecuting counterfeiters (people producing counterfeit coins). The most well known story about Newton is that he was inspired to develop the theory of gravity after being hit in the head by an apple falling from the tree. However, the actual story that Newton told suggests that he watched the apple fall, rather than being hit by it. If you have ever wanted to know where this famous scientist was born, keep reading to find out.
Where was Sir Isaac Newton born?
Sir Isaac Newton was born in Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, which is a hamlet (a small village) in the English county of Lincolnshire. Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth is not far from the larger town of Grantham, which is where Isaac Newton went to school. Today a statue of the famous scientist can be found at St Peter’s Hill, Grantham. This area is about 150 km (94 mi.) north of London.
The actual birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton was Woolsthorpe Manor. He was born here on December 25, 1642 (old calendar), which is actually January 4, 1643 in the modern calendar. Woolsthorpe Manor is protected by the National Trust and is open to the public for most of the year.