John Napier of Merchiston, 1550 – 4 April 1617; also signed as Neper, Nepair; nicknamed Marvellous Merchiston ) was a Scottish landowner known as a
mathematician , physicist , and astronomer . He was the 8th
Laird of Merchiston . His Latinized name was Joannes Neper.
John Napier is best known as the inventor of logarithms. He also invented the so-called " Napier's bones " and made common the use of the decimal point in arithmetic and mathematics.
Napier's birthplace, Merchiston Tower in Edinburgh, Scotland, is now part of the facilities of Edinburgh Napier University. After his death, at home at Merchiston Castle, from the effects of gout , Napier's remains were buried in the churchyard of St Giles Cathedral but, following the loss of the graveyard there to build the Law Courts, he was memorialised at St Cuthbert's Church at the west side of Edinburgh.