Albert was the oldest son of a wealthy German noble with great power and rank. He was born in 1206. Albert entered the Dominicans as a novice even though his family strongly objected to his taking this path in life. Albert had unending intellectual curiosity and interest and spent 20 years acquiring knowledge in all subjects, including, but not limited to mathematics, ethics, politics, metaphysics, economics, rhetoric, science, and logic. While serving as a professor, he was responsible for the spread of knowledge to large groups of people. Albert served as a bishop for a short time, and preached to the crusaders in Germany and Bohemia.
Because of his vast knowledge and diligence in teaching and writing, Saint Albert was named a Doctor of the Church and is the patron saint of philosophers and scientists. He died in 1280 A.D.