Famous Economists from Scotland

List of notable or famous economists from Scotland, with bios and photos, including the top economists born in Scotland and even some popular economists who immigrated to Scotland. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Scottish economists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These economists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known economist from Scotland is included when available.

List features people like Alex Salmond, Adam Smith, and many more

This historic economists from Scotland list can help answer the questions "Who are some Scottish economists of note?" and "Who are the most famous economists from Scotland?" These prominent economists of Scotland may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Scottish economists.

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  • Adam Smith
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    Adam Smith (16 June [O.S. 5 June] 1723 – 17 July 1790) was a Scottish economist, philosopher and author as well as a moral philosopher, a pioneer of political economy and a key figure during the Scottish Enlightenment, also known as ''The Father of Economics'' or ''The Father of Capitalism''. Smith wrote two classic works, The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759) and An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776). The latter, often abbreviated as The Wealth of Nations, is considered his magnum opus and the first modern work of economics. In his work, Adam Smith introduced his theory of absolute advantage.Smith studied social philosophy at the University of Glasgow and ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 67 (1723-1790)
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, United Kingdom, Kirkcaldy, Fife, United Kingdom
  • Alasdair Smith DL was a professor of economics and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sussex and is a former Chair of the 1994 Group. He is a noted international economist whose studies (often developed in concert with fellow economist Tony Venables) have been used by the European Union. He became a Deputy Chair of the Competition Commission in 2012 and was then an Inquiry Chair at the Competition and Markets Authority from 2014 to 2017. In April 2017, he became a member of the Scottish Fiscal Commission.
    • Birthplace: Lewis, Scotland
  • Alexander Elliot Anderson Salmond (; born 31 December 1954) is a Scottish politician who served as the First Minister of Scotland from 2007 to 2014. He was the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) for over twenty years, having served for two terms, firstly from 1990 to 2000 and subsequently from 2004 to 2014. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Banff and Buchan between 1987 and 2010, when he stood down to focus on his other roles, and then for Gordon from 2015 to 2017, when he lost his seat to Scottish Conservative candidate Colin Clark. During the 2015–2017 parliament, he was the SNP International Affairs and Europe spokesperson in the House of Commons. From 1987 to 2010, ...more
    • Age: 68
    • Birthplace: Linlithgow, United Kingdom
  • Sir Alexander Gray (6 January 1882 – 17 February 1968) was a Scottish civil servant, economist, academic, translator, writer and poet.
    • Age: Dec. at 86 (1882-1968)
    • Birthplace: Scotland
  • George Campbell, 8th Duke of Argyll
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    George John Douglas Campbell, 8th Duke of Argyll, (30 April 1823 – 24 April 1900), styled Marquess of Lorne until 1847, was a Scottish peer and Liberal politician as well as a writer on science, religion, and the politics of the 19th century.
    • Age: Dec. at 76 (1823-1900)
    • Birthplace: Ardencaple Castle, United Kingdom
  • George Chalmers may refer to: George Chalmers (artist) (died 1791), Scottish artist George Chalmers (antiquarian) (1742–1825), Scottish antiquarian and political writer George Paul Chalmers (1833–1878), Scottish painter George Chalmers (baseball) (1888–1960), Major League baseball player George Edward Chalmer Hayes (1894–1968), American lawyer George V. Chalmers (1907–1984), American college athlete George Everett Chalmers (1905–1993), Canadian doctor, surgeon and political figure
    • Age: Dec. at 83 (1742-1825)
    • Birthplace: Fochabers, United Kingdom