## Napier

[nāp**′**yər]

Napier,
John 1550-1617; Scot. mathematician: inventor of logarithms

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- JOHN
**NAPIER**(1550-1617), Scottish mathematician and inventor of logarithms, was born at Merchiston near Edinburgh in 1550, and was the eighth**Napier**of Merchiston. - The first
**Napier**of Merchiston, "Alexander Napare," acquired the Merchiston estate before the year 1438, from James I. - His son, John
**Napier**of Rusky, the third of Merchiston, belonged to the royal household in the lifetime of his father. - His eldest son, Archibald
**Napier**of Edinbellie, the fourth of Merchiston, belonged to the household of James IV. - His eldest son was Archibald, seventh of Merchiston, and the father of John
**Napier**, the subject of this article.