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Saint Albert the Great (1206–1280)

Saint Albert the Great (1206–1280)

Patron saint of medical technicians, scientists, and philosophers

Feast day: November 15

Saint Albert the Great was born in 1206 to a wealthy and powerful German family. He was well educated and despite disapproval from his family, he joined the Dominicans. He was an educator at Paris and at Cologne and had Thomas Aquinas as one of his pupils.

Albert was extremely intelligent, had a wide array of interests, and wrote on a number of topics, including logic, natural science, mathematics, rhetoric, ethics, astronomy, politics, economics, and metaphysics. Saint Albert the Great is a Doctor of the Church. 

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