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Adam Smith


Nationality: Scottish
Profession: Economist, philosopher, and author
From: June 16, 1723 To July 17, 1790
Age: 67 Years

About Adam Smith



Adam Smith was a Scottish economist, philosopher, and author, as well as a moral philosopher, a pioneer of political economy. He was born on 16 June 1723 in Kirkcaldy, in the County of Fife, Scotland. His father was a Scottish Writer to the Signet, advocate and prosecutor. His father died two months after he was born, leaving his mother a widow. 

Smith entered the University of Glasgow  when he was 14 and studied moral philosophy under Francis Hutcheson. Here, Smith developed his passion for liberty, reason, and free speech. Smith done his post graduation at Balliol College, Oxford, under the Snell Exhibition. 

He wrote many books and in book V, Chapter II of The Wealth of Nations, Smith wrote: "In the University of Oxford, the greater part of the public professors have, for these many years, given up altogether even the pretence of teaching." He considered that Glasgow is superior to Oxford. In 1748 he starts delivering public lectures on topics included rhetoric and belles-lettres, and later the subject of "the progress of opulence" in Edinburgh. His writings cover history, politics, philosophy, economics, and religion. In 1762, the University of Glasgow conferred on Smith the title of doctor of laws. 

He also writes many quotes on different topics like life, love, friendship, motivation and inspiration and his happiness quotes are a great source of popularity for him. His most famous humanity quote is given below, 

 “Humanity is the virtue of a woman, generosity that of a man.” 

He died on 17 July 1790 in northern wing of Panmure House in Edinburgh, due to a painful illness.

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