Person:John Napier (10)

John Napier, 8th of Merchistoun
d.4 Apr 1617
  1. John Napier, 8th of Merchistoun1550 - 1617
  • HJohn Napier, 8th of Merchistoun1550 - 1617
  • W.  Elizabeth Stirling (add)
  1. Archibald Napier, 1st Lord Napier of MerchistounAbt 1575 - 1645
Facts and Events
Name John Napier, 8th of Merchistoun
Gender Male
Birth[1] 1550
Marriage to Elizabeth Stirling (add)
Death[1] 4 Apr 1617
Reference Number? Q159592?

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John Napier of Merchiston (; 1550 – 4 April 1617); also signed as Neper, Nepair; nicknamed Marvellous Merchiston) was a Scottish landowner known as a mathematician, physicist, and astronomer. He was the 8th Laird of Merchiston. His Latinized name was Ioannes Neper.

John Napier is best known as the discoverer of logarithms. He also invented the so-called "Napier's bones" and made common the use of the decimal point in arithmetic and mathematics.

Napier's birthplace, Merchiston Tower in Edinburgh, is now part of the facilities of Edinburgh Napier University. Napier died from the effects of gout at home at Merchiston Castle and his remains were buried in the kirkyard of St Giles. Following the loss of the kirkyard there to build Parliament House, he was memorialised at St Cuthbert's at the west side of Edinburgh.

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