Paul Cockshott

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William Paul Cockshott
Born (1952-03-16) 16 March 1952 (age 67)
ResidenceGlasgow, Scotland
Alma materManchester University (BaEcon)
Heriot Watt University (MSc)
Edinburgh University (Ph.D)
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science
Marxian economics
InstitutionsUniversity of Glasgow

William Paul Cockshott (born 16 March 1952) is a Scottish computer scientist, Marxian economist and a reader at the University of Glasgow.


Cockshott earned a BA in Economics (1974) from Manchester University, an MSc (1976) in Computer Science from Heriot Watt University and a PhD in Computer Science from Edinburgh University (1982).[1]


He has made contributions in the fields of image compression, 3D television, parallel compilers and medical imaging, but became known to a wider audience for his proposals in the multi-disciplinary area of economic computability, most notably as co-author, along the economist Allin Cottrell, of the book Towards a New Socialism, in which they strongly advocate the use of cybernetics for efficient and democratic planning of a complex socialist economy.[2]

Political views[edit]

In the 1970s, Cockshott was a member of the British and Irish Communist Organisation, but he and several other members became unhappy with B&ICO's position on workers' control.[3] Cockshott and several other B&ICO members resigned and formed a new party, the Communist Organisation in the British Isles.[3] During the 1980s when studying for his PhD in Edinburgh, he was recruited to the CPGB along with fellow computer science student Muffy Calder.

Published works[edit]

  • Cockshott, P. (1990). Ps-Algol Implementations: Applications in Persistent Object Oriented Programming, Ellis Horwood Ltd. ISBN 978-0745808277
  • Cockshott, P. (1990). A Compiler Writer's Toolbox: Interactive Compilers for PCs With Turbo Pascal, Ellis Horwood Ltd. ISBN 978-0131737907
  • Cockshott, P., Cottrell, A. (1993). Towards a New Socialism, Spokesman. ISBN 978-0851245454
  • Cockshott, P., Renfrew K. (2004). SIMD Programming Manual for Linux and Windows, Springer. ISBN 978-1852337940
  • Cockshott, P. (2010). Transition to 21st Century Socialism in the European Union, Lulu. ISBN 978-1445715070
  • Cockshott, P. (2011). Glasgow Pascal Compiler with vector extensions, Lulu. ISBN 978-1447761563
  • Cockshott, P., Zachriah, D. (2012). Arguments for Socialism, Lulu. ISBN 978-1471658945
  • Cockshott, P., Cottrell, A., Michaelson, G., Wright, I., Yakovenko, V. (2012). Classical Econophysics, Routledge. ISBN 978-0415696463
  • Cockshott, P., Mackenzie, L., Michaelson, G. (2015). Computation and its Limits, Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0198729129


  1. ^ Curriculum Vitae
  2. ^ Allin Cottrell & W.Paul Cockshott, Towards a new socialism (Nottingham, England: Spokesman, 1993). Retrieved: 17 March 2012.
  3. ^ a b What is the Communist Organisation in the British Isles? in Proletarian, No. 1, c. 1974.

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