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Albertus Magnus

13th century German Dominican friar and saint

1193   -   1280

languages spoken, written or signed: Latin, German
educated at: University of Padua, University of Paris
occupation: chemist, musicologist, philosopher, writer, professor, economist, astrologer, entomologist, theologian, geographer, monk, botanist
position held: bishop of Regensburg, Catholic bishop, diocesan bishop, auxiliary bishop, bishop
student of: Jordan of Saxony, Guerric of Saint-Quentin

Albertus Magnus (c. 1200 – 15 November 1280), also known as Saint Albert the Great or Albert of Cologne, was a German Dominican friar, philosopher, scientist, and bishop. Later canonised as a Catholic saint, he was known during his lifetime as Doctor universalis and Doctor expertus and, late in his life, the sobriquet Magnus was appended to his name. 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 37 Doctors of the Church.
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