Adam Smith


Birthday June 5, 1723

Birth Sign Gemini

Birthplace Scotland

DEATH DATE Jul 17, 1790 (67)

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Economist and philosopher frequently credited as the father of capitalism. His 1776 work, The Wealth of Nations, helped influence modern economics and offers one of the world's first collected descriptions of what builds a nations' wealth.

Before Fame

He was very critical of the confining nature of Oxford, where he was one of the first students to attain a scholarship.


He met with Benjamin Franklin while he was living in Paris and was very affected by his views.

Family Life

His parents were Margaret Douglas and Adam Smith, Sr. Smith was close with his mother.

Associated With

Margaret Thatcher carried his book, The Wealth of Nations, in her purse.