Professor Thompson graduated from St. Andrews University in 1974 and pursued a Masters degree in Economic and Political Thought at the Queen’s University Belfast, 1975, before undertaking research leading to the award of a doctorate by the University of Cambridge, 1981. He spent a short time in the Economic Intelligence Department of the Bank of England, 1978-79 before being appointed as a Lecturer in Economic History at Swansea, 1979. He was awarded a personal chair in 1999, was Head of the Department of History from 2000 to 2005, and served as Head of the School of Humanities from its inception to 2008. Professor Thompson serves on the editorial board of Labor History. Among his many books, we select: (2015). Social Opulence and Private Restraint, The Consumer in British Socialist Thought since 1800. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (2014). The Market and its Critics, Socialist Political Economy in Nineteenth Century Britain. Routledge. (2011) Robert Owen and his legacy, essays to commemorate the 150th anniversary of his death. Cardiff: Cardiff University Press. (2011) The Selected Works of G.D.H. Cole , 11 Vols.. Noel Thompson (Ed.), London, Routledge. (2006). Political Economy and the Labour Party, The Economics of Democratic Socialism, 1884-2005. Abingdon: Routledge. (1998) Counterblasts to Cobbett , 1797-1835. Noel Thompson (Ed.), Routledge/Thoemmes: London. (1998) The Collected Social and Political Writings of William Cobbett , 16 Vols.. Noel Thompson (Ed.), London: Routledge/Thoemmes.