Andrew Skinner

Biography of Andrew Skinner

Andrew Skinner, Lord McCluskey, Senator of the College of Justice and Dr Alexander Stone opening the Alexander Stone Court Room.
Andrew Skinner, Lord McCluskey, Senator of the College of Justice and Dr Alexander Stone opening the Alexander Stone Court Room.

Andrew Stewart Skinner (1935-2011) was a graduate of the University who was Daniel Jack Professor of Political Economy from 1985 to 1994 and Adam Smith Professor of Political Economy from 1994 until 2000. He was Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences from 1980 to 1983, Clerk of Senate from 1983 to 1990 and Vice-Principal from 1991 until 1996. He was awarded the honorary degree, DUniv, in 2001.

Skinner graduated MA from the University in 1958 and BLitt in 1960. After lecturing in Dundee he returned to Glasgow as a lecturer in the Department of Economics in 1964 and he became a titular professor in 1977. His publications include many papers and books on the life and works of the political economist Adam Smith. He died in November 2011.


Andrew Skinner
Political Economist

Born 11 January 1935.
Died 21 November 2011.
University Link: Alumnus, Clerk of Senate, Lecturer, Professor, Vice-Principal
GU Degrees: MA, 1958; BLitt, 1960; DUniv, 2001;
Occupation categories: political economists
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Record last updated: 24th Nov 2011

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Posted by derek o´rourke at 22:37:55 on 16 December 2011

As a student in one of his classes I´d like to express my sadness on hearing of Professor Skinner´s death. His deep, profound knowledge on Adam Smith and related subjects came across to this student who, despite his unreadiness to allay himself with Smith´s view of the relationships and motives in an industrialising economy, nevertheless absorbed readily the positive insights and fulsome evocations Professor Skinner gave at these gatherings.

Posted by Mrs fiona el-taweel at 18:36:01 on 19 December 2011

I would like to add my thoughts about Professor Skinner. He was a Dear Friend to my Father - and I was lucky enough to enjoy his outstanding wit, whilst a student, on numerous car journeys up to the University. He was devoted to Glasgow University and it is my hope he will be honoured appropriately. It was indeed an honour and a privilege to have known him in such an informal setting. Quoted as 'The Doyen of Adam Smith Scholars' by Professor Gavin Kennedy - Edinburgh University - High praise indeed and well founded I'm sure.