John Napier (he also signed as Neper, and Nepair) 1550 – 4 April 1617) was a Scottish landowner, nicknamed "Marvellous Merchiston". He was a mathematician, physicist, and astronomer. He was the 8th Laird of Merchiston. His Latinized name was Ioannes Neper.
John Napier (1550–1617)
|Died||4 April 1617 (aged 66–67)|
|Alma mater||University of St Andrews|
John Napier is best known as the discoverer of logarithms and Napier's constant. He also invented the so-called "Napier's bones" and made common the use of the decimal point in arithmetic and mathematics.
- "Napier". Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary.
- Cajori F. A history of mathematics. 2nd ed, p149. New York: Macmillan.