Plaque in honour of Sir Isaac Newton unveiled
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.