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Famous Physicists

What official titles did Newton receive?

Newton was extremely well respected in his time. Although he was known for being nasty and rude to his contemporaries, Newton became Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge in the late 1660s, president of the Royal Society of London in 1703, and the first scientist ever knighted, in 1705. He was famous as the Master of the Mint where he introduced coins that had defined edges so that people couldn’t cut off small pieces of the silver from which the coins were made. He is buried in Westminster Abbey in London.

Sir Isaac Newton, one of the most famous scientists of all time, discovered the laws of motion, developed calculus, and built the first reflecting telescope, among many other accomplishments.

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