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Albertus Magnus (1193?–1280)

Albertus Magnus (al-ber’tus mag’nus) (“Albert the Great,” or possibly “Albert the German,” Count von Bollstädt). A famous German scholastic philosopher; born at Lauingen, Suabia, 1193?; died at Cologne, Nov. 15, 1280. He was of the Dominican order and became Bishop of Ratisbon in 1260. One of the greatest scholars of his age, he taught philosophy and theology at Cologne and Paris, the celebrated Thomas Aquinas being among his pupils. So great was his knowledge that he was accounted a magician by his contemporaries. He was the first of the schoolmen to put the philosophy of Aristotle in systematic form, with the help of the Arabic commentators. His works, which constitute an encyclopædia of the learning of the times, though treating chiefly of physical science, fill twenty-one volumes.