John Playfair(1748-1819), Mathematician and geologist
Sitter in 9 portraits
Mathematician, geologist and Professor of Natural Philosophy at Edinburgh University, John Playfair helped to create the modern science of geology. He began his career as tutor to Robert and Ronald Ferguson of Raith, the subjects of Henry Raeburn's portrait 'The Archers' in the National Gallery.
by William Walker
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