Reference Entry

Playfair, John (1748-1819), mathematician and geologist

Jack Morrell

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Published in print September 2004 |
Published online September 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI:


Playfair, John (1748-1819), mathematician and geologist, was born on 10 March 1748 at Benvie, near Dundee, the eldest son of James Playfair (1712-1772), minister of Liff and Benvie, and his wife, Margaret Young (1719/20-1805). Educated at home until 1762, he attended the University of St Andrews to qualify for the ...

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Subjects: Biographical Studies ; History

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