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Plaque in honour of Sir Isaac Newton unveiled

By kay_kelly  |  Posted: September 22, 2012

Sir Martin Rees, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge

Professor Martin Rees, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge

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Professor Martin Rees, Master of Trinity College Cambridge, today unveiled a special plaque in Grantham to honour Sir Isaac Newton.

The ceremony took place at The George Centre, followed by a blessing and dedication by Canon Christopher Andrews from St Wulfram's Church.

The unveiling of the Grantham Civic Society blue plaque took place in front of a host of dignitaries and a crowd of onlookers.

Professor Rees said in his speech: "I am pleased to be part of the Gravity Fields festival and to be invited to unveil this plaque.

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"It is great that Newton's home town is working to boost his prestige.

"Newton was plainly the greatest scientific intellect of the second millennium.

"He had a unique intellect and his great work was the foundation of modern science and, in particular, my science astronomy."

Professor Rees is Master of Trinity College, Cambridge – where Newton studied - and, like Grantham's famous scientist, is a past President of the Royal Society.

Louise Mumford, Chairman of Grantham Civic Society, gave a short speech about Newton and his life.

The plaque will be moved to a permanent home on the wall of ASK restaurant in High Street – the site of the apothecary shop owned by Mr Clark where a young Newton lodged between 1655 and 1660.

It is one of a series funded by Grantham Future.

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