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Max Weber

1864 - 1920

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Maximilian Karl Emil Weber (; German: [ˈveːbɐ]; 21 April 1864 – 14 June 1920) was a German sociologist, historian, jurist and political economist, who is regarded as among the most important theorists of the development of modern Western society. His ideas profoundly influence social theory and research. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Max Weber has received more than 5,645,335 page views. His biography is available in 123 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 121 in 2019). Max Weber is the most popular sociologist, the 13th most popular biography from Germany (up from 16th in 2019) and the most popular German Sociologist.

Max Weber is most famous for his book The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.

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Among sociologists, Max Weber ranks 1 out of 54After him are Émile Durkheim, Pierre Bourdieu, Theodor W. Adorno, Robert K. Merton, Georg Simmel, Talcott Parsons, Erving Goffman, Anthony Giddens, Norbert Elias, Marcel Mauss, and Niklas Luhmann.

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Among people born in 1864, Max Weber ranks 1After him are Richard Strauss, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Alois Alzheimer, Wilhelm Wien, Maurice Leblanc, Camille Claudel, Princess Stéphanie of Belgium, Erik Axel Karlfeldt, Walther Nernst, Hermann Minkowski, and Alfred Hermann Fried. Among people deceased in 1920, Max Weber ranks 1After him are Amedeo Modigliani, Wilhelm Wundt, Srinivasa Ramanujan, Eugénie de Montijo, Peter Carl Fabergé, Robert Peary, Alexander Kolchak, Max Bruch, Alexander of Greece, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, and Princess Margaret of Connaught.

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Among people born in Germany, Max Weber ranks 13 out of 6,142Before him are Johannes Gutenberg (1394), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749), Friedrich Nietzsche (1844), Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777), Johannes Kepler (1571), and Otto von Bismarck (1815). After him are Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770), Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646), Richard Wagner (1813), Peter Paul Rubens (1577), Albrecht Dürer (1471), and George Frideric Handel (1685).


Among sociologists born in Germany, Max Weber ranks 1After him are Theodor W. Adorno (1903), Georg Simmel (1858), Niklas Luhmann (1927), Robert Michels (1876), Amitai Etzioni (1929), Juan José Linz (1926), Andre Gunder Frank (1929), and Claus Offe (1940).