Swiss educator and social reformer / 1746-1827 / grandson of the pastor in Höngg, near Zurich at the time / 1751-65 Latin school, 1765-67 studied theology and law in Zurich / 1767-68 left to learn farming in Kirchberg near Bern / 1769 marriage, 1770 birth of his son Hans Jakob, named for Rousseau and raised according to the ideas of his book Emile of 1762, tragic failure of pedagogical idealism / took on 40 children from 1773-79; tragic failure of economic idealism / 1780-1800 writing, publications,1787 Lienhard und Gertrud / 1800 founding of an educational institute in Burgdorf, 1804 move to Yverdon / epitaph in Brugg: Rescuer of the poor at Neuhof. People’s preacher at Lienhard and Gertrud. At Stans, father of the orphans, at Burgdorf and Münchenbuchsee, founder of the new people’s school. Educator of mankind. Human being, Christian, citizen, everything for others, nothing for himself.