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Why Isaac Newton Died a Virgin

Why Isaac Newton Died a Virgin

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Newton was rigorously puritanical: when one of his few friends told him “a loose story about a nun”, he ended their friendship.


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Isaac Newton was born on Christmas Day in 1642, just three months after the death of his father, Newton’s father was a prosperous farmer.

He was born prematurely. His mother said he could fit inside a quart mug. When Newton was three, his mother remarried and went to live with her new husband, Rev. Smith, leaving her son in care of maternal grandmother. She had three children with Smith. Isaac disliked his stepfather and maintained some enmity towards his mother for marrying him.

When Rev. Smith died in 1653, Isaac was ten years old and he returned to his mother’s household. As his father had been a farmer, Hannah decided that Isaac should also be a farmer, and thus took him away from school studies. He hated farming. He spent a year away from school on the farm, at quite a critical time in his education. Later in his life, at the aga of nineteen, Isaac grew very resentful of how his mother had left him when he was young.

Newton never married. Although it is impossible to verify, it is commonly believed that he died a virgin. French writer Voltaire, who was in london at the time of Newton’s funeral, claimed to have verified the fact, writing that “I have had that confirmed by the doctor and the surgeon who were with him when he died” (allegedly Newton stated on his deathbed that he was a virgin). Newton had neither passion nor weakness; he never went near any woman.


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