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 (nā′pē-ər, nə-pîr′), John Laird of Merchiston. 1550-1617.
Scottish mathematician who invented logarithms and introduced the use of the decimal point in writing numbers.
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(Placename) a port in New Zealand, on E North Island on Hawke Bay: wool trade centre. Pop: 56 100 (2004 est)


1. (Biography) Sir Charles James. 1782–1853, British general and colonial administrator: conquered Sind (1843): governor of Sind (1843–47)
2. (Biography) John. 1550–1617, Scottish mathematician: invented logarithms and pioneered the decimal notation used today
3. (Biography) Robert (Cornelis), 1st Baron Napier of Magdala. 1810–90, British field marshal, who commanded in India during the Sikh Wars (1845, 1848–49) and the Indian Mutiny (1857–59). He captured Magdala (1868) while rescuing British diplomats from Ethiopia
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(ˈneɪ pi ər, nəˈpɪər)

1. Sir Charles James, 1782–1853, British general.
2. John, 1550–1617, Scottish mathematician: inventor of logarithms.
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Military flight training is not new to the Dothan Airport, formally known as Napier Field, as the first military pilots began training there nearly seventy years ago.
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