When it comes to famous members of any group or order, there are many organizations that will make claim to certain names. The validity of these claims is really only known by the organization itself. However, throughout history, there are a number of famous scientists and philosophers that were initiated into the group, which include:
- Sir Francis Bacon the English philosopher, statesman and essayist is said to have directed the Rosicrucian Order, as well as its activities in both England and on the actual continent
- Benjamin Franklin
- Thomas Jefferson
- Thomas Paine
- H. Spencer Lewis the American philosopher and businessman was initiated during a trip to France in 1909.
Christian Rosenkreuz is perhaps one of the most famous members of the Rosicrucian Order, and thought to be the allegorical founder that present the first three Manifesto’s that were published in the early portion of the 17th century.
Throughout history the Rosicrucian Order has had periods of inactivity in the Americas, especially during the 19th century. However, during this period it was extremely activity in Switzerland, Spain, France, Russia, Germany, and many other parts of the world.
In the past 90 years there are literally thousands of people, both men and women that have been students of the Rosicrucian teachings. Even from the beginning of the organization’s development men and women have played equal roles, with no regard to religion or race.
Some of the famous scientists and philosophers that have been involved with the Rosicrucian movement include Cornelius Heinrich Agrippa, Jacob Boehme, Robert Fludd, Leonardo da Vinci, Ella Wheeler Wilcox and Claude Debussy, among others.
Current members of this order are kept somewhat secret, as it is still an organization that holds its membership to high standards. While there may be some modern famous individuals associated with the organization, their identity will likely not be known until their death. This keeps the members, teachings and exclusivity of the order intact.