Caricatures of Darwin and Newton to mark Cambridges 800th bday

January 17th, 2009 - 5:12 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Jan 17 (ANI): Renowned British cartoonist Quentin Blake has caricatured two of Cambridge Universitys most famous alumni for a show to mark the institution’’s 800th birthday.

Sketches of scientists Charles Darwin and Sir Isaac Newton will form part of a light show which will illuminate the university’’s Senate House on Saturday night.

January 17 marks the start of a year of celebrations at Cambridge, one of the oldest universities in the western world.

In one of Blake’’s sketches Darwin, born 200 years ago this year, is depicted as a young man riding a beetle.

In the masterpieces, Newton, who studied at Trinity College in the 1660s, is shown refracting a beam through a prism: as a young scientist he lectured on the nature of light, reports the Telegraph.

Light artist Ross Ashton, who will be running three shows from Saturday to Monday, said he was “very excited” to be involved with it.

He said: “The ideas, concepts and inventions that have flowed from Cambridge have changed the world. I intend to give the viewer a glimpse of the depth and breadth of this incredible body of work and to show that this same innovative genius will continue to shape our world in the future.” (ANI)

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