Newton's Accomplishments, Part 2 to the Life & Works of Isaac Newton
Newton's accomplishments in life were many. Generally, he devoted much of his energy towards alchemy, theology, and history. In 1668, Newton built the first reflecting telescope. During his lifetime he was involved in the development of the calculus. It was Newton who struck upon the Laws of Motion and the Law of Gravitation. He sat in parliament, 1689-90. In 1696, he was appointed warden of the Mint; and then, in 1699, he was appointed the master of the Mint, a position which he held until his death. He sat again in parliament in 1701 for his university. In 1703, Newton was to become the president of the Royal Society, another post that he held at his death. In 1705, Newton was knighted by Queen Anne.