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        John Napier | Famous Mathematicians

        Scottish mathematician John Napier (1550 - 1617), circa 1595. Napier was born in Merchiston Castle in Edinburgh and educated at the University of St Andrews. He was a Protestant and the author of the first widely accepted Scottish edition of the Bible 'A Plaine Discovery of the Whole Revelation of St John' in 1593. He is most famous for inventing logarithms but was also one of the first to use a decimal point to express fractions. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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