(1861 – 1925)
Rudolf Steiner, philosopher, scientist and spiritual researcher, was a pioneer who was able to cast new light on the nature and evolution of the human being. Out of this profound insight, he developed practical applications for numerous fields of human endeavor. After completing his studies in science and philosophy in Vienna, he gained a reputation among the cultural circles of his time as an author and editor. At the beginning of the last century, he began speaking of the results of his personal spiritual research, which he called Anthroposophy (from the Greek “anthropos” = human being, and “sophia” = wisdom). In the course of his very productive existence (30 books and nearly 6000 lectures), he travelled all over Europe, sharing the results of his research in the fields of the sciences, the arts and human spirituality, and as his influence spread he was invited to meet with politicians, scientists, educators, artists, doctors and other professionals. Rudolf Steiner founded the Anthroposophical Society in 1923, with the understanding that human consciousness was evolving and the gates of the spiritual world, long closed, were beginning to open again for humanity. Rudolf Steiner’s work continues to be a source of inspiration for thousands of people in more than 60 countries.