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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 1,209,100 page views. His biography is available in 74 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 71 in 2019). John Napier is the 30th most popular mathematician (down from 29th in 2019), the 116th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 115th 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 30 out of 823Before him are Luca Pacioli, David Hilbert, Évariste Galois, Pope Sylvester II, Srinivasa Ramanujan, and François Viète. After him are Augustin-Louis Cauchy, Georg Cantor, Gerolamo Cardano, George Boole, Kurt Gödel, and Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet.

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

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, John Napier ranks 116 out of 7,765Before him are Elizabeth of York (1466), Aldous Huxley (1894), George III of the United Kingdom (1738), Victoria, Princess Royal (1840), Emily Brontë (1818), and Charles I of England (1600). After him are James II of England (1633), Rowan Atkinson (1955), Edward Elgar (1857), Catherine Howard (1523), Brian May (1947), and Mick Jagger (1943).

Among MATHEMATICIANS In United Kingdom

Among mathematicians born in United Kingdom, John Napier ranks 2Before him are Bertrand Russell (1872). After him are George Boole (1815), Ada Lovelace (1815), Alfred North Whitehead (1861), Thomas Harriot (1560), John Couch Adams (1819), John Wallis (1616), G. H. Hardy (1877), Isaac Barrow (1631), Andrew Wiles (1953), and Brook Taylor (1685).