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William Scott
William Scott

William Robert Scott (1868-1940) was Adam Smith Professor of Political Economy, 1915 to 1940. He was Convenor of the Appointments Committee in 1932.

Born in Northern Ireland, Scott graduated BA (1889), MA (1891) and DLitt (1902) from Trinity College, Dublin. He became a Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews, graduating DPhil in 1900, and was an assistant to the Professor of Moral Philosophy there from 1896 to 1901 and a lecturer in Political Economy from 1899 until he came to Glasgow in 1915.

Scott was a prolific writer and an authority on the life and works of Adam Smith. He was a member of the British Editorial Board for the Economic History of the War and was appointed by the Secretary for Scotland to report on Highland Home Industries in 1911. He served on many more government committees and, among the offices he held in learned societies, he was President of the Royal Philosophical Society from 1931 to 1934 and of the Royal Economic Society from 1935 to 1937.

William Robert Scott also bequeathed a large collection of important Renaissance prints to the University which are now in the Hunterian Art Gallery.


William Scott
Political Economist

Born 31 August 1868, Northern Ireland.
Died 3 April 1940.
GU Degree:
University Link: Professor
Occupation categories: political economists
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