John Napier

1550 - 1617

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John Napier of Merchiston (; 1 February 1550 – 4 April 1617), nicknamed Marvellous Merchiston, was a Scottish landowner known as a mathematician, physicist, and astronomer. He was the 8th Laird of Merchiston. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Napier has received more than 1,051,888 page views. His biography is available in 71 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 67 in 2019). John Napier is the 29th most popular mathematician (up from 36th in 2019), the 115th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 125th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular British Mathematician.

John Napier is most famous for inventing logarithms. He was a Scottish mathematician who was born in 1550 and died in 1617.

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Among mathematicians, John Napier ranks 29 out of 828Before him are David Hilbert, François Viète, Évariste Galois, Henri Poincaré, Joseph-Louis Lagrange, and Pope Sylvester II. After him are Niels Henrik Abel, Georg Cantor, Kurt Gödel, Augustin-Louis Cauchy, Gerolamo Cardano, and Gottlob Frege.

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Among people born in 1550, John Napier ranks 2Before him is Charles IX of France. After him are Willem Barentsz, Safiye Sultan, Charles IX of Sweden, Camillus de Lellis, Henry I, Duke of Guise, Jang-geum, Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, John Davis, Stanislaus Kostka, and Karin Månsdotter. Among people deceased in 1617, John Napier ranks 3Before him are Pocahontas and Ahmed I. After him are Rose of Lima, Francisco Suárez, Emperor Go-Yōzei, Hendrik Goltzius, 4th Dalai Lama, Concino Concini, David Fabricius, Fausto Veranzio, and Dorothea of Denmark, Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, John Napier ranks 115 out of 6,924Before him are Elton John (1947), Alan Rickman (1946), Edward VII (1841), J. J. Thomson (1856), H. G. Wells (1866), and Edward Elgar (1857). After him are Diana, Princess of Wales (1961), Charles I of England (1600), Henry Purcell (1659), Lady Godiva (990), Geoffrey Chaucer (1343), and Jane Seymour (1508).

Among MATHEMATICIANS In United Kingdom

Among mathematicians born in United Kingdom, John Napier ranks 2Before him are Bertrand Russell (1872). After him are Ada Lovelace (1815), George Boole (1815), Alfred North Whitehead (1861), G. H. Hardy (1877), Isaac Barrow (1631), Thomas Harriot (1560), John Couch Adams (1819), John Wallis (1616), Brook Taylor (1685), and John Horton Conway (1937).