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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:

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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...

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