Anglo-American archeologist; born in New York March 30, 1856. He was educated at Columbia College, New York city (A.M. 1873), and studied also at Heidelberg (Ph.D. 1875) and finally at Cambridge, England (M.A. and Litt.D. 1878). In 1880 he became university lecturer on classical archeology at Cambridge University, and two years later university reader. From 1883 to 1889 he was director of the Fitzwilliam Museum; and in 1883 he was made a fellow of King's College. In 1889 he was called to Athens, Greece, as director of the American School of Classical Studies, which office he held until 1893, when he becameprofessor at the same institution. In 1895 he returned to England as Slade professor of fine arts at the University of Cambridge; and he held this chair until 1901. During his stay in Athens he directed the excavations of the American Archeological Institute at the site of ancient Platæa, Eretria, where, he declared, he unearthed the tomb of Aristotle, the Heræum of Argos, etc. He has formed an international committee to promote the excavation of Herculaneum.
Waldstein is the author of: "Balance of Emotion and Intellect" (1878); "Essays on the Art of Phidias" (1885); "The Jewish Question and the Mission of the Jews" (1889, anon.; 2d ed. 1900); "The Work of John Ruskin" (1894); "The Study of Art in Universities" (1895); "The Expansion of Western Ideals and the World's Peace" (1899); "The Argive Heræum" (1902); "Art in the Nineteenth Century" (1903). He has written also in several journals numerous reports on his excavations, and has published, under the pseudonym "Gordon Seymour," three short stories which later appeared, under his own name, as "The Surface of Things" (1899).
- American Jewish Year Book, 5665.