Emil Maximilian Weber was born April 21 in 1864 in the German city of Erfurt. In 1882 he began teaching at the University of Heidelberg, where he studied law, economics, history and philosophy. In 1889 he defended his doctoral thesis.
In subsequent years, Weber has taught at various universities. In 1893 he became a professor at Berlin, and in 1894 — the University of Fribourg. After his trip to the United States wrote his world-famous work "The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism."
Max Weber is one of the founders of sociology of religion. He described the relationship of religion and other social institutions, its impact on society and its economic activities. Weber also paid great attention to the comparative analysis of the various world religions.
During the First World War, Weber led the Heidelberg district hospitals. After Germany's defeat in this war has been involved as an expert in the signing of the surrender and actively participated in the drafting of the provisions of the Weimar Constitution.
Since 1919, he worked as a teacher as a professor at the University of Munich.
June 14 in 1920 in Munich, Max Weber died.
After his death in 1921 was published his three-volume "Collected Works on the sociology of religion."