Isaac Newton

1643 - 1726

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Sir Isaac Newton (25 December 1642 – 20 March 1726/27) was an English polymath active as a mathematician, physicist, astronomer, alchemist, theologian, and author who was described in his time as a natural philosopher. He was a key figure in the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment that followed. His pioneering book Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy), first published in 1687, consolidated many previous results and established classical mechanics. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Isaac Newton has received more than 31,984,782 page views. His biography is available in 225 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 220 in 2019). Isaac Newton is the most popular physicist, the most popular biography from United Kingdom and the most popular British Physicist.

Isaac Newton is most famous for his three laws of motion, which he formulated in 1687. The first law states that every object will remain at rest or in uniform motion unless acted upon by an external force. The second law states that the acceleration of an object is directly proportional to the net force acting on it and inversely proportional to its mass. The third law states that when one body exerts a force on a second body, the second body simultaneously exerts a force equal in magnitude and opposite in direction on the first body.

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Among physicists, Isaac Newton ranks 1 out of 851After him are Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Wilhelm Röntgen, Stephen Hawking, Michael Faraday, Max Planck, Alessandro Volta, Hans Christian Ørsted, Pierre Curie, Ernest Rutherford, and Niels Bohr.

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Among people born in 1643, Isaac Newton ranks 1After him are Ahmed II, Charles V, Duke of Lorraine, Afonso VI of Portugal, Philippe, Chevalier de Lorraine, Alessandro Stradella, Bahadur Shah I, Johann Adam Reincken, Mary of Jesus de León y Delgado, Jean Chardin, Fran Krsto Frankopan, and Ilona Zrínyi. Among people deceased in 1726, Isaac Newton ranks 1After him are Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria, Sophia Dorothea of Celle, Sultan Husayn, Christian August of Holstein-Gottorp, Prince of Eutin, Michel Richard Delalande, Domenico Zipoli, Nicolaus II Bernoulli, Margravine Johanna of Baden-Baden, Countess Charlotte of Hanau-Lichtenberg, Princess Henriëtte Amalia of Anhalt-Dessau, and John Vanbrugh.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Isaac Newton ranks 1 out of 8,785After him are Adam Smith (1723), William Shakespeare (1564), Charles Darwin (1809), Elizabeth II (1926), Lord Byron (1788), Charlie Chaplin (1889), Francis Bacon (1561), Elizabeth I of England (1533), John Locke (1632), Winston Churchill (1874), and James Watt (1736).

Among PHYSICISTS In United Kingdom

Among physicists born in United Kingdom, Isaac Newton ranks 1After him are Stephen Hawking (1942), Michael Faraday (1791), James Prescott Joule (1818), Robert Hooke (1635), James Clerk Maxwell (1831), Paul Dirac (1902), J. J. Thomson (1856), William Gilbert (1544), William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin (1824), Thomas Young (1773), and James Chadwick (1891).