John Napier

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
John Napier

Name: John Napier

Born: 1550 in Merchiston Tower in Edinburgh, Scotland

Death: April 4, 1617 (Age: 66-67)

Computer-related contributions

  • A Scottish landowner, mathematician, physicist, astronomer, and astrologer best known as the discoverer of logarithms.
  • Made common the use of the decimal point in arithmetic and mathematics.
  • He was also the inventor of "Napier's bones".

Significant publications

  • A Plaine Discovery of the Whole Revelation of St. John (1593).
  • Mirifici logarithmorum canonis constructio (1619).