In Latin: Here is buried Isaac Newton, Knight, who by a strength of mind almost divine, and mathematical principles peculiarly his own, explored the course and figures of the planets, the paths of comets, the tides of the sea, the dissimilarities in rays of light, and, what no other scholar has previously imagined, the properties of the colours thus produced. Assiduous [sedulus], sagacious and faithful in his expositions of nature, antiquity and the holy Scriptures, he vindicated by his philosophy the majesty of God mighty and good, and expressed the simplicity of the Gospel in his manners. Mortals rejoice that there has existed such and so great an ornament of the human race! He was born on 25th December 1642, and died on 20th March 1726. [Translation courtesy of Westminster Abbey website, amended.]
Virtue(s): Achievement/success*, An ornament, Assiduity*, Divinity, Fidelity*, Intelligence*, Simplicity of manners*, Wisdom*.
Year of death: 1726.
Year of headstone: 1730.
Age at death: 83 (classed as: Adult).