Albert the Great (ad. 1200-1280), one of the Church's greatest intellects, was a German Dominican friar and Catholic bishop, and was canonized as a Catholic saint, He studied at the University of Padua and later taught at Hildesheim, Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Regensburg, and Strasbourg. He then taught at the University of Paris, where he received his doctorate in 1245. He was among the first and greatest of the natural scientists, gaining a reputation for expertise in biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, geography, metaphysics, and mathematics. He was also very learned in biblical studies and theology. Scholars such as James A. Weisheipl and Joachim R. Söder have referred to him as the greatest German philosopher and theologian of the Middle Ages. The Catholic Church distinguishes him as one of the 36 Doctors of the Church.
He is the patron saint of scientists and his feast day is celebrated on November 15.
Albert the Great (ad. 1200-1280)
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