Saint Albert the Great, also known as Albertus Magnus, was a German Catholic priest and bishop of Ratisbon. He is a patron saint of scientists and also the patron saint of the Albertus Magnus University in Germany. He is also invoked against sore eyes and headaches. He is He was born on November 15, 1206, in Lauingen, Germany and died on November 15, 1280, in Cologne, Germany. He was canonized by Pope Pius XI on December 16, 1931 and declared a doctor of the church.
Albert was a renowned theologian and philosopher, known for his vast knowledge and encyclopedic writings. He studied at the University of Padua and the University of Paris, where he received his doctorate in theology. He later became a professor at the University of Paris and the University of Cologne.
One of Albert's most notable accomplishments was his work in the field of natural science. He wrote extensively on the natural world and is considered one of the first scientists to systematically study and classify the minerals and animals of his time. He is also credited with introducing the study of Aristotle in the Middle Ages.
In 1260, Albert became the bishop of Ratisbon, but he continued to teach and write. He also founded a religious order, the Albertists, which was dedicated to the education of the clergy.
One interesting fact about Albert is that he was a friend and mentor to the famous medieval scholar, Saint Thomas Aquinas. He also had a reputation for performing miracles and was said to have raised the dead.
A feast day in honor of Saint Albert the Great is celebrated on November 15th by the Catholic Church. He is also venerated as a saint in the Anglican Communion and the Eastern Orthodox Church.