## Interesting Facts About Isaac Newton

**Newton earned his bachelor’s degree in January 1665.**

**The University was temporarily closed as a precautionary measure for Great Plague in 1665. Newton returned home and started formulating theories on light, color, calculus and gravity.**

**In 1667, Newton then returned to Cambridge and was elected as a minor fellow.**

**In 1668, the first reflecting telescope was invented by Newton which he used for modern study of optics.**

**Newton received his Masters in Arts in 1669.**

**Newton served as a Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge in 1669.**

**In 1704, Newton published his second major book “Opticks”, describing his experiments to determine the properties of light.**

**Newton did not like criticism and when his fellow scientists criticized him, he began a life of solitude and total isolation in 1679, and remained like that for the next 6 years.**

**Newton suffered a nervous breakdown when he engaged in a heated argument with Robert Hooke, another scientist who thought Newton’s theory of light was wrong and hence denounced his work. He then withdrew from the public eye in 1678.**

**Edmund Halley, an astronomer had paid a visit to Newton in 1684, when he heard that Newton was working on elliptical paths of celestial bodies. He urged to gather his notes.**