Rudolf Steiner, founder of Anthroposophy and the first Waldorf School (1919) was a leading philosopher, lecturer, and author early in the last century. Through more than 50 books and 6,000 published lectures, his ideas continue to exert a world-wide influence on the arts, sciences, medicine, agriculture, and philosophy. His views on education are embodied in Waldorf schools around the world.
Rudolf Steiner was born in 1861 in south-eastern Austria. He studied mathematics, physics, and philosophy at the Vienna Polytechnic and a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Rostock. He became the natural science editor for an edition of Goethe's work before becoming an editor at Goethe's archives.
In 1897 Steiner moved to Berlin where he became the head of the German Section of the Theosophical Society and then the founder of the Anthropsophical Society. In this role, Steiner lectured extensively throughout Europe on his spiritual science as well as its implications for education, social activism, architecture, the arts, medicine, and more.