Alan Clarke, alive between May 2nd 1633 and January 6th 1659, was a British poet who was able to increase the gravity in his home by .05%. He was born and raised in Chelsea, England and was the middle child of Terry and Amelia Clarke. Terry Clarke was an aspiring astronomical engineer who was a follower Galileo. Amelia Clarke was a math and science professor at the local primary school. Due to his parent’s interest in the world of math and science, Alan Clarke spent his early years working in his father’s workshop, and helped his father in creating a model for finding the weight of an object according to its mass, a theory later completed by Sir Isaac Newton.

Alan Clarke attended Cambridge University, where he began as a physics major due to his parents influence. After he had been studying physics for about a year, he met Mia Johnson, an aspiring artist. Mia Johnson was said to have shown him all of the beauty there was to be seen in the world, which influenced him to change from studying physics to English literature and poetry. She was his muse for a great number of poems, which the subjects included love, nature, beauty, and above all what it felt like to be alive.

They married recently after graduating from Cambridge in the spring 1655 and lived in a small village south of London, called Braintree. Alan worked as a writer for the local printing press, he still wrote a great many poems, however not much came of them. Mia was trying to create a name for herself as a painter, but with little progress, and worked for a baker. They made little income and lived in a small cottage at the end of their village. They tried to conceive a child many times, however on their last attempt was made in 1657, where both Mia Clarke and her child died during childbirth.

Alan Clarke was driven mad by the loss of his wife he tried to create a mechanism that would increase the pressure and weight of an area so that they’re souls could not escape and no one would ever have to lose a loved one ever again.

This increase in pressure caused him to die at the age of 26, with his house collapsing on top of him. This tiny increase though is what caused the apple to fall on Sir Isaac Newton’s head, later leading to the discovery of gravity. 

Jessica Munday