Intro  Swiss mathematician  
Countries  Switzerland  
Occupations  Mathematician Educator  
Gender  male  
Birth  21 October 1687 (Basel, BaselStadt, Switzerland)  
Death  29 November 1759 (Basel, BaselStadt, Switzerland)  
Star sign  Libra  
Family 

Nicolaus Bernoulli (born 21 October 1687 in Basel, died 29 November 1759 in Basel; also spelled Nicolas or Nikolas), was a Swiss mathematician and was one of the many prominent mathematicians in the Bernoulli family.
He was the son of Nicolaus Bernoulli, painter and Alderman of Basel. In 1704 he graduated from the University of Basel under Jakob Bernoulli and obtained his PhD five years later (in 1709) with a work on probability theory in law. His thesis was titled Dissertatio Inauguralis MathematicoJuridica de Usu Artis Conjectandi in Jure.
In 1716 he obtained the Galileochair at the University of Padua, where he worked on differential equations and geometry. In 1722 he returned to Switzerland and obtained a chair in Logics at the University of Basel.
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in March, 1714.
His most important contributions can be found in his letters, in particular to Pierre Rémond de Montmort. In these letters, he introduced in particular the St. Petersburg Paradox. He also communicated with Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and Leonhard Euler.