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    Fragment of wood

    Date
    19th century
    Object type
    Material
    Dimensions
    length: 35mm
    Content object
    Description
    Fragment of wood supposedly from an ancient apple tree at Woolsthorpe Manor, Lincolnshire, Isaac Newton's childhood home.

    Inscribed with the initials 'I.N' denoting Isaac Newton.

    Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727) British natural philosopher and mathematician, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1672 and served as President from 1703 to 1727.
    Object history
    Charles Turnor was the owner of Woolsthorpe Manor in the 19th century. He donated this item to the Royal Society in 1844.

    In May 2010 this piece of wood was taken into space on NASA shuttle mission STS-132 as part of the Royal Society's 350th anniversary celebrations.
    Related fellows
    Isaac Newton (1642 - 1727, British) , Natural philosopher
    Associated place
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    Credit
    © The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.8463
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