The bio below comes from a published article and may now be dated.
Ian Simpson Ross (1930–2015) was Professor Emeritus of English at the University of British Columbia. A native of Scotland, he was educated at St. Andrews and Oxford prior to earning his Ph.D. at the University of Texas. Ross authored not only the biography of Adam Smith, excerpted here, but also biographies of the poet William Dunbar and Henry Home, Lord Kames. Ross’s many works of scholarship related to Smith include his editorship of The Correspondence of Adam Smith (1977, with Ernest Mossner) and On the Wealth of Nations: Contemporary Responses to Adam Smith (1998).