Albertus Magnus, also known as Saint Albert the Great, The Perfect Doctor and Albert of Cologne, was a Dominican friar who lived from 1206 (?) to 1280 and who became famous for his universal knowledge and his advocacy for the peaceful coexistence of science and religion. He is considered by some to be the greatest German philosopher and theologian of the Middle Ages.
Many people consider him and Roger Bacon to be the two fathers of the scientific method. He was a teacher to Thomas Aquinas, who in integrating Aristotle into Christian thought managed to become considered to be the greatest of Catholic theologians.
St Albert's feast day is 15 November, this would be an auspicious day for a gathering together of those who believe that "The aim of natural science is not simply to accept the statements of others, but to investigate the causes that are at work in nature" (De Miner., lib. II, tr. ii, i), and that "Experiment is the only safe guide in such investigations" (De Veg., VI, tr. ii, i).
- The Martinian Center has a great little biography of the Albertus Magnus.