CHRONOLOGY OF RUDOLF STEINER'S LIFE
1861 Rudolf Steiner born in Kraljevec (then located in Austria),
1879 Student in Vienna with interests in
mathematics and science as well as literature and philosophy.
1882‒1897 Active in teaching and writing, including the
editing of Goethe's natural-scientific writings, and work at the
Goethe-Schiller Archive in Weimar.
1882 Involved widely in literary and cultural
Goethe's Theory of Knowledge.
1891 PhD in Philosophy.
The Philosophy of Freedom
— Steiner's main philosophical work.
1897 Extensive writing and philosophical
1899‒1904 Teacher at the Workers'
Educational College in Berlin. Married Anna Eunicke (1899; she died
1900 Beginning of Rudolf Steiner's
anthroposophical lecturing activity, at the invitation of the
Theosophical Society in Berlin.
Theosophy: An Introduction to the Supersensible Knowledge of Man and the World
Knowledge of the Higher Worlds: How is it Achieved?
Occult Science: An Outline.
1910‒1913 Rudolf Steiner's Mystery Plays
produced in Munich. Work with Marie von Sivers in the artistic
domain, including the development of the new art of movement,
1913 Anthroposophical Society founded
independently of the Theosophical Society. Extensive travelling and
lecturing throughout Europe, including a visit to London (1914).
Building of the First Goetheanum, a carved wooden edifice, on a
donated site in Dornach, Switzerland. Helping in the development of
new styles and techniques in painting, sculpture, architecture,
1914 Married Marie von Sivers.
1919 Ideas on the ‘threefold social
order’ presented in lectures and books such as
The Inner Aspect of the Social Question.
Founding of the first Waldorf (Steiner) School, in Stuttgart. Speaks
widely on education.
1922‒1923 The First Goetheanum burnt down
(New Year's Eve). Plans for the Second Goetheanum, to be built in
concrete, begun (opened 1928).
1923 Major new beginnings in medicine,
agriculture, pedagogy, religion and science. Participates in the
founding of Societies in European countries, including England, prior
to the refounding of the General Anthroposophical Society in Dornach,
1924‒1925 Outer activity curtailed by
illness, but continues writing and working on his autobiography. Also
Fundamentals of Therapy
(with Dr. Ita Wegman) (1925).
1925 Died 30 March at Dornach.