Maximilian Karl Emil Weber (born April 21, 1864, Erfurt, Germany – died June 14, 1920, Munich, Germany) was a German sociologist and political economist, regarded as one of the foremost social theorists of the twentieth century.
Weber is best known for his thesis of the “Protestant Ethic,” and for his ideas on bureaucracy.
During his lifetime, Weber wrote numerous essays and books. In 1905, he published his most famous work, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.
Along with Émile Durkheim and Karl Marx, he is considered the founder of modern sociology.