Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy 368th Birthday, Great-Uncle Isaac Newton (1642-1727)!

Shout out today to Wells relative Isaac Newton. He was actually born on Christmas day 1642, but with calendrical changes the date became January 4, 1643. Sir Isaac was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist, and theologian who is considered by many to be one of the most influential scientists in history.

He died childless and I don't know if he'd claim us as relatives, but Gawain’s great-grandfather Stephen Robert Wells and his siblings were frequently told by their mother, Sarah Newton Wells (Isaac Newton’s great-something-grand-niece)—“Study hard so you can grow up to be as smart as Uncle Isaac!”

2 comments:

  1. We learn all about this guy in History and Science. It's so cool to be able to say I'm related to him. I'd give him one of those big books about his life and accomplishments. I bet he never guessed how much of a difference he's made.

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