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The Sir Isaac Newton Club

"To myself I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me."

Sir Isaac Newton (4 January 1643 – 31 March 1727) was a physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, and theologian. Considered to be one of the most influential people in human history, he claimed to have 'discovered' gravity when an apple fell on his head. Whether or not this is true isn't important. What is important is that his brilliant mind has shaped our understanding of some of the fundamental laws of physics. And he lived not far from Nottingham too.

History records that he wasn't the easiest of people to get along with, but we decided to give him the top slot in our giving clubs.

Donors who are members of the Sir Isaac Newton Club symbolise boldness and discovery.

In return we offer our thanks through:

  • permanently naming a large teaching room in the Newton building, City campus
  • thanking each person in the University's Shaping Futures donor newsletter
  • our Online Roll of Honour
  • invitations to special selected events, such as our highly respected Guest Lecture programme
  • a donor pin

Your donation can be made in one go, or annually or monthly over a period of up to four years. See more information in our giving table.

Newton is also quoted as having said:

"If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants."

The donors who join his club are our giants, and the students who stand on their shoulders will have an amazing view.

If you would like to discuss making a gift at this level and learn more about joining the Sir Isaac Newton club, please contact Fiona Wall on +44 (0)115 848 8810 or

Sir Isaac Newton