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Adam Smith

Author Code: EASX

Born: Jun. 5, 1723 - Kirkcaldy, Scotland

Died: Jul. 17, 1790 - Edinburgh, Scotland

Smith was the son of the comptroller of the customs at Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland. The exact date of his birth is unknown. However, he was baptized at Kirkcaldy on June 5, 1723. At the age of about fifteen, Smith proceeded to Glasgow university, studying moral philosophy. In 1740 he entered Balliol college, Oxford, but left in 1746. In 1748 he began delivering public lectures in Edinburgh. About 1750 he met David Hume, who became one of the closest of his many friends. In 1751 Smith was appointed professor of logic at Glasgow university, then in 1752 to the chair of moral philosophy. In 1759 he published his Theory of Moral Sentiments. At the end of 1763 Smith obtained a lucrative post as tutor to the young duke of Buccleuch and resigned his professorship. From 1764-66 he traveled with his pupil, mostly in France. On returning home to Kirkcaldy he devoted much of the next ten years to his magnum opus, An Enquiry Into the Nature and Causes of The Wealth of Nations, which appeared in 1776. In 1778 he was appointed commissioner of customs in Scotland and went to live with his mother in Edinburgh. He died there on July 17, 1790, after a painfull illness. He also wrote Essays on Philosophical Subjects (1795 - posthumous). The Wealth of Nations was the first and remains the most important book on the subject of political economy until this present day.

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