Born at Merchiston, Edinburgh, Napier was a man of great intellect, persistence
and will, known best for his development of logarithms in the field of
He had diverse interests outside his solitary and studious life, including
treasure hunting, agricultural chemistry, and divination.
He was also responsible for inventing the world's first computing device,
nicknamed 'Napier's Bones' on account of its design.
'Constructio', which described the means by which he constructed the log
tables, was published after his death.
Edinburgh's newest University is named after him.