The Newtonian Tree
Our second 60th anniversary tree dedication ceremony took place at Acadia University on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, outside Emmerson Hall.
To mark 60 years of Science Atlantic, Acadia chose an apple tree planted in 1963, marking it as the same age as Science Atlantic. President Peter Ricketts unveiled the plaque under the apple tree with several attendees from the science departments and schools of the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science gathered to witness and celebrate the event.
The history of this particular apple tree is a very interesting one. It’s a descendant of a centuries-old tree that still survives in the garden at Woolsthorpe Manor in England, Sir Isaac Newton’s family estate. The tree, referred to by Acadia University as the “Newtonian Tree”, is reputed to be the great-great-great grandchild of the tree from which Newton saw an apple fall in the late summer of 1666 sparking him to research the nature of gravitation. The tree was grown from one of two saplings gifted to Acadia by a former graduate, Dexter Sampson, who obtained the scions from a tree at the NRC (Ottawa).
President Peter Ricketts
In addition to the President, attendees included the Dean of Pure and Applied Science, Suzie Currie, Provost Dale Keefe, a former Chair of the Science Atlantic Chemistry Committee, Rob Raeside, a former Chair of Science Atlantic and member of the Science Atlantic Hall of Fame, and current Committee Chairs Trevor Avery (Aquaculture & Fisheries) and Russell Easy (Biology).
Many other attendees shared their connection with Science Atlantic as both faculty and former students.
The celebration was the second in a series of events being held this fall across the Atlantic region to celebrate Science Atlantic’s 60th year. The next dedication will be Oct. 15 at the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus in Truro.
Photos by: Fred Sgambati