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Na·pi·er(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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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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Na•pi•er(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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