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Known as Albert the Great; scientist, philosopher, and theologian, born c. He is called "the Great", and "Doctor Universalis" (Universal Doctor), in recognition of his extraordinary genius and extensive knowledge, for he was proficient in every branch of learning cultivated in his day, and surpassed all his contemporaries, except perhaps Roger Bacon (1214-94), in the knowledge of nature.
Ulrich Engelbert, a contemporary, calls him the wonder and the miracle of his age: "Vir in omni scientia adeo divinus, ut nostri temporis stupor et miraculum congrue vocari possit" (De summo bono, tr. Albert, eldest son of the Count of Bollstädt, was born at Lauingen, Swabia, in the year 1205 or 1206, though many historians give it as 1193.
Thomas Aquinas and Peter of Tarentasia (afterwards Pope Innocent V ), he drew up rules for the direction of studies, and for determining the system of graduation, in the Order.
In the year 1260 he was appointed Bishop of Ratisbon.
The Bishops of Germany, assembled at Fulda in September, 1872, sent to the Holy See a petition for his canonization ; he was finally canonized in 1931. P., in Vacant's "Dictionnaire de théologie catholique". Physical Sciences : "Physicorum" (3); "De Coelo et Mundo", "De Generatione et Corruptione".
Two editions of Albert's complete works (Opera Omnia) have been published; one at Lyons in 1651, in twenty-one folio volumes, edited by Father Peter Jammy, O. The following list indicates the subjects of the various treatises, the numbers referring to the volumes of Borgnet's edition. "Meteororum" (4); "Mineralium" (5); "De Natura locorum", " De passionibus aeris" (9).
The date of this journey to Padua cannot be accurately determined. Dominic, being attracted by the preaching of Blessed Jordan of Saxony second Master General of the Order.
He was beatified by Pope Gregory XV in 1622; his feast is celebrated on the 15th of November.
Nothing certain is known of his primary or preparatory education, which was received either under the paternal roof or in a school of the neighbourhood.
As a youth he was sent to pursue his studies at the University of Padua ; that city being chosen either because his uncle resided there, or because Padua was famous for its culture of the liberal arts, for which the young Swabian had a special predilection.
Exegetical : "Commentaries on the Psalms and Prophets" (15-19); "Commentaries on the Gospels" (20-24); "On the Apocalypse" (38). The "Quindecim problemata contra Averroistas" was edited by Mandonnet in his "Siger de Brabant" (Freiburg, 1899).
The authenticity of the following works is not established: "De apprehensione" (5); "Speculum astronomicum" (5); "De alchimia" (38); Scriptum super arborem Aristotelis" (38); "Paradisus animae" (37); "Liber de Adhaerendo Deo" (37); "De Laudibus B. The influence exerted by Albert on the scholars of his own day and on those of subsequent ages was naturally great. In a word, his appreciation of Aristotle is critical.
Humbert de Romanis, Master General of the Dominicans, being loath to lose the services of the great Master, endeavoured to prevent the nomination, but was unsuccessful.