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John Napier was born on 2/1/1550 in Merchiston Castle. He died on 4/4/1617 at age 66 or 67. SoftSchools.com
When he was born, his parents were about 16 years old. their names are Janet Bothwell and Sir Archibald Napier John Napier didn't start formal school until 13 years old. Famous-mathematicians.org
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He was home schooled until 13. For college he went to St. Salvation's college. SoftSchools.com
Later he bought a castle in Gartness in 1574. During this time he also got married and began raising a family of ten more children with Agnes Chisholm. In total he had 12 kids (including first marriage) thefamouspeople.com
He wrote a book about Rules of Circular parts and one on Tables of Natural Logarithms. He also improved Stevin's decimal notation. SoftSchools.com
Professor Henry Briggs and John Napier refined his logarithms by constructing tables for logarithms. He also was credited with creating one of the earliest calculating machines. http://ualr.edu/lasmoller/napier.html
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