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John Napier of Merchiston

Napier, John, of Merchiston (1550–1617), mathematician

Oxford Biography Index Number 101019758 [what is this?]
http://www.oxforddnb.com/index/101019758/John-Napier-of-Merchiston     Primary authority: Oxford DNB

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Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/19758

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